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The School at Battle Creole. 

December 10, 1871, 1 was shown the case 
of Bro. Bell in connection with the cause 
and work of God in Battle Creek. Bro. 
Bell has qualifications to make a successful 
teacher. If he had with his adaptation to 
teaching a sound physical constitution, so 
that he could at all times preserve calm 
self-possession, so valuable to a teacher, his 
services would be of inestimable worth. 
He loves his work as a teacher, and he 
gives his whole mind to this work. He 
has the power to explain, in a variety of 
ways, by impressive illustrations, principles 
which would otherwise lose much of their 
force upon the mind of the pupil. 

Bro. Bell delights in his work. His 
thoughts, his hopes, and his prayers, are in 
it, that he may make his efforts highly 
successful, and accomplish permanent good. 
It is his ambition to inspire his pupils 
with a spirit of cheerful, voluntary indus- 
try in study. Such interest and devotion 
are rare, and should be appreciated by his 
pupils, and by all who have an interest in 
the welfare and progress of their children. 

Bro. Bell prizes more highly the improve- 
ment of his pupils than he does the wages 
he receives for his labor. Had Bro. Bell 
confined himself to this branch of his labor 
in Battle Creek, for which he was so well 
adapted, it would have been better for him, 
and better for the church. 

There was a fault with the church at 
Battle Creek in not appreciating the moral 
worth of Bro. Bell, and his superior method 
of teaching, which made it necessary for 
me to relate that which had been shown 
me in reference to his ability as a teacher. 
His thorough manner of instruction was 
not in accordance with the superficial 
method of educating children in the com- 
mon schools. The thorough drilling to 
which his pupils were subjected was ob- 
jectionable to many, and his strict disci- 
pline, and his complete system of instruc- 
tion, were very disagreeable to a class of 
children who had been in the habit of 
confining themselves to the very letter of 
instruction as found in books, and of sliding 
through these books with rapidity, think- 
ing they were far in advance of what they 
really were. These children, who had 
been petted and indulged at home and 
pushed forward at school, were highly 
dissatisfied that the same plan was not 
carried forward by Bro. Bell. They com- 
plained at home, and their parents sympa- 

thized with them when their sympathy 
should have been wholly with the faithful 
instructor of their children. They should 
have felt that it was a great blessing to 
have a teacher who would look after the 
physical, moral, and spiritual interest of 
their children, as well as to instruct them 
in the sciences. 

Teachers generally do not feel that they 
have great responsibilities resting upon 
them, and that their efforts should in some 
measure correspond with their responsibil- 
ities. They do not impress upon the 
minds of their pupils that the object in 
their education should be to qualify them 
to bring into practical use the powers with 
which God has endowed them ; and to do 
this in such a manner as will accomplish 
the greatest amount of good, and thereby 
answer the object of their existence. 

In consequence of the neglect of many 
to appreciate the labors of Bro. Bell, it 
became necessary for me to relate some 
things which had been presented before 
me in regard to the value of his labors as 
an instructor of youth. My husband and 
myself spoke decidedly in favor of Bro. 
Bell, as we thought justice demanded that 
we should. His qualifications as a teacher, 
we valued highly. My husband has ever 
had a high appreciation of Bro. Bell's 
intelligent method of teaching, and he 

several times spoke before the church in 
his favor, because he felt grieved that they 
failed to value moral worth. Their neglect 
of the intellectual and devoted Hannah 
Moore, he looked upon as a grievous sin, 
as though done to the person of Christ. 
And when he saw Bro. Bell in poverty, 
humbly clad, yet struggling to exert all the 
influence in his power to benefit the youth, 
while many were so indifferent to come up 
to his help, he felt it was the same lack of 
appreciation, in a degree, which closed their 
hearts and homes to Hannah Moore. 

The words spoken in behalf of Bro. 
Bell's excellent qualifications had the in- 
fluence, almost unconsciously to himself, to 
exalt him. I have been shown that great 
caution should be used, even when it is 
necessary to lift a burden of oppression 
from men and women, lest they lean to 
their own wisdom, and fail to make God 
their only dependence. But it is not safe 
to speak in praise of men and women, or 
to exalt the ability of a minister of Christ. 
Very many in the day of God will be 
weighed in the balance and found wanting 
because of exaltation. I would warn my 
brethren and sisters to never flatter per- 
sons because of their ability; for they 
cannot bear it. Self is easily exalted, and 
in consequence, persons lose their balance. 
I say again to my brethren and sisters, If 

you would have your souls clean from the 
blood of all men, never flatter, never praise 
the efforts of poor mortals ; for it may prove 
their ruin. It is unsafe, by our words and 
actions, to exalt a brother or sister, how- 
ever apparently humble may be their de- 
portment. If they really possess the meek 
and lowly spiiit which God so highly es- 
timates, help them to retain it. This will 
not be done by censuring them, or by your 
neglect to properly appreciate their true 
worth. Very few can bear praise without 
being injured. 

There are some of our ministers of abil- 
ity, who are preaching present truth, who 
love approbation. Applause stimulates 
them, as the glass of wine the inebriate. 
Place these ministers where they have a 
small congregation which promises no 
special excitement, and which provokes no 
decided opposition, and they will lose their 
interest and zeal, and appear as languid in 
the work as the inebriate when he is de- 
prived of his dram. These men will fail 
to make real, practical laborers until they 
learn to labor without the excitement of 

When pur brethren in Battle Creek began 
to value the labors of Bro. Bell as a teacher, 
some gave free expression of their appre- 
ciation of his qualifications, because they 
knew he had not been properly respected. 


These things had a tendency to give Bro. 
Bell confidence in his own ability, until he 
cherished exalted views of himself. Fi- 
nally, Bro. Bell could hardly endure to 
have his course questioned, or suggestions 
made of plans which he did not originate, 
or which differed from his ideas. The 
opinions of brethren and sisters of long 
experience were not respected by Bro. 
Bell, but set aside as unworthy of atten- 
tion. Bro. Bell became exacting, and was 
extremely sensitive over little things ; es- 
pecially if any disrespect was shown of his 
authority on the part of his pupils. 

Some parents were not judicious. They 
injured the influence of Bro. Bell, and 
themselves more, in talking freely over the 
complaints made by their children. These 
parents did not have sufficient interest in 
the instruction of their children to visit 
the school, and thus manifest an interest 
in the progress of their children, and for 
the encouragement of their teacher. They 
preferred to hold themselves aloofj and 
look on coldly and indifferently, unless 
they could find something of which to 
complain. Their limber tongues worked 
easily, repeating incidents which had trans- 
pired in school contrary to their children's 
childish ideas of wise discipline. 

Parents should have had wisdom not to 
sympathize with inexperienced, indulged 

children, in regard to what they termed 
too strict discipline. The children in 
these things were not as much to blame 
as their parents. And Bro. Bell should 
not have been so very sensitive over the 
errors of his pupils, even if he knew their 
parents did credit all they repeated to 
them. He should have considered that all 
that parents or scholars might say of him 
did not affect his character in the sight of 
God. But that which they had said to his 
injury did affect seriously their characters 
in the sight of our Heavenly Father. It 
was more in accordance with the feelings 
of their unsanctified hearts to judge anoth- 
er's conscience, and to pick flaws at his 
supposed faults. This produced less pain, 
less self-humiliation, than to closely exam- 
ine their own hearts, and with just, dis- 
cerning eyes see their own faults, and 
pronounce judgment against themselves. 

"While there is so great a deficiency 
among parents in the education of their 
children, they are not prepared to see the 
necessity of the thorough manner of Bro. 
Bell's teaching. It is true his style of 
teaching is in marked contrast with the 
generality of teachers. But it is this kind 
of teaching that is needed, that will give 
stability to the character. The lack on 
the part of some of the parents to sustain 
Bro. Bell made his work doubly hard. 


Their neglect to govern their children at 
home had an influence upon them to lead 
them to decide that Bro. Bell was too par- 
ticular; and unnecessarily exacting. In 
some instances the parents counteracted 
the earnest efforts of Bro. Bell by their 
sympathizing with their children. The 
children, who were having the very disci- 
pline they needed, understood that their 
parents questioned the course of Bro. Bell, 
and this led the children to take liberties 
that they otherwise would not. Had their 
parents united their efforts fully with the 
teacher of their children, great good would 
have been the result. These mistakes on 
the part of the parents depressed Bro, Bell's 
spirits, and his influence was not what it 
might have been if he had known that he 
had the co-operation of all the parents in 
his labors. 

Bro. Bell was successful generally as a 
teacher of the common schools and the 
Sabbath-schools. Because of his success in 
these, his abilities in every other respect 
were, by some, too highly estimated. Bro. 
Bell was encouraged to take still greater 
responsibilities, and to become leader of 
the church, and director of the Health In- 
stitute, and editor of the Instructor. More 
was expected of Bro. Bell than can reason- 
ably be of any one man. He sought to 
carry out the system of management in 


the church and Health Institute that he had 
adopted in the schools. Here he made a 
decided failure. He could not discern the 
difference between controlling youthful 
minds in a school wherein he was master, 
and a church composed of men and women 
with their habits fixed and their characters 
formed. It is not an easy matter to bring 
men and women of different temperaments, 
and that have been differently educated, 
into precise, systematic working order, like 
well-regulated machinery. 

Bro. Bell has nice ideas of order and 
discipline. He t hinks that minds should 
be disciplined, that they may unitedly, in 
common schools as well as Sabbath-schools, 
move like machinery. But this desirable 
attainment can alone be gained through 
principle, which should influence every act 
and feeling, regulating, exciting, or repress- 
ing, as the case demands, and controlling 
the soul. Without the balance which re- 
ligion gives the minds of youth, they are 
varying. They are generally controlled 
by impulse. They follow inclination 
rather than duty. Parents and teachers 
have a very responsible work before them 
to so educate the youth that the valuable 
qualities of the mind may be strengthened, 
while the evil tendencies should be re- 
pressed, restrained, and controlled. 

Bro. Bell did not realize that he was 


depending more upon system to bring up 
the church of God to the right position, 
and in working order, than to the influence 
of the Spirit of God upon the heart He 
trusted too much to his own ability. He 
became exalted, and did not realize that 
he needed the advice and counsel of men 
of long experience. 

He did not move with all that consider- 
ation and wisdom he should in accepting 
the responsibilities at the Health Institute 
and the church, which men of greater ex- 
perience would not venture to take. In 
seeking to bring things at the Health In- 
stitute to the precise and perfect system 
he desired, he was unsuccessful. His ef- 
forts to bring about the object stirred -up 
wrath with unbelieving patients. In at- 
tempting to carry out his plans, instead of 
bringing about peace and order, he brought 
dissension and confusion. Instead of light- 
ening the burdens of the physicians and 
helpers, his rules and system would im- 
pose a great tax. The physicians and 
helpers could not carry out set rules, even 
if the whole time of Bro. Bell was devoted 
to this object. The patients were contin- 
ually coming and going, helpers would be 
changing, physicians would be called away, 
making it impossible to carry out definite 
and precise rules. The helpers at the 
Health Institute, who profess to believe 


the truth, should work from principle, from 
a high religious standpoint, doing their 
duty as though they were working for 
God, and not merely for wages. 

The church in Battle Creek could not 
flourish in carrying out this precise system. 
Brn. Waggoner and Andrews failed in 
some respects in their management in 
church matters at Battle Creek. ^ They 
moved too much in their own spirit, and 
did not make God their whole dependence. 
They did not, as they should, lead the 
church to God, the fountain of living 
waters, at which they could suppty their 
want, and satisfy their soul-hunger. The 
renewing, sanctifying influence of the 
Holy Spirit, to give peace and hope to 
the troubled conscience, and restore health 
and happiness to the soul, was not made 
of the highest importance. The good 
object they had in view was not attained. 
These brethren had too much of a spirit 
of cold criticism in the examination of 
individuals who presented themselves to 
be received into the church. The spirit of 
weeping with those who weep, and rejoic- 
ing with those who rejoice, was not in the 
hearts of these ministering brethren as it 
should have been. 

Christ identified himself with the neces- 
sities of his people. Their needs and their 
sufferings were his. He says, " I was an 


hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was 
thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was 
sick, and ye visited me ; a stranger, and ye 
took me in ; naked, and ye clothed me ; I 
was in prison, and ye came unto me." 
God's servants should have hearts of ten- 
der affection and sincere love for the follow- 
ers of Christ. They should manifest that 
deep interest that Christ brings to view in 
the care of the shepherd for the lost sheep ; 
all tenderness, and compassion, and gentle- 
ness, and love, as Christ has in his life 
given us an example, that we should exer- 
cise the same tender, pitying love he has 
exercised toward us. 

The great moral powers of the soul are 
faith, hope, and love. If these are inact- 
ive, the labor of ministers, be they ever so 
earnest and zealous, will not be accepted 
of God, and cannot be productive of good 
to the church. Ministers of Christ who 
bear the solemn message from God to the 
people should ever deal justly, love mercy, 
and walk humbly before God. The spirit 
of Christ in the heart will incline every 
power of the soul to nourish and protect 
the sheep of his pasture, like a faithful, 
true shepherd. Love is the golden chain 
which binds believing hearts to one an- 
other in willing bonds of friendship, ten- 
derness, and faithful constancy ; and binds 
the soul to God. There is a decided lack 


of love, compassion, and pitying tenderness 
among brethren. The ministers of Christ 
are too cold and heartless. They have not 
their hearts all aglow with tender compas- 
sion and earnest love. The purest and 
most elevated devotion to God is that 
which is manifested in the most earnest 
desire and efforts to win souls to Christ. 
The reason ministers who preach present 
truth are not more successful is, they are 
deficient, greatly deficient, in faith, hope, 
and love. There are toils and conflicts, 
self-denials and secret heart-trials, for us 
all to meet and bear. There will be tears 
and sorrow for our sins. There will be 
constant struggles and watch ings, mingled 
with remorse and shame, because of our 

Let not the ministers of the cross of our 
dear Saviour forget their experience in 
these things, but ever bear in mind they 
are but men liable to err, of like passions 
with their brethren ; and if they help their 
brethren, they must be persevering in their 
efforts to do them good, having their heart* 
filled with pity and love. They must 
come to the hearts of their brethren, and 
help them where they are weak and need 
help the most. Those who labor in word 
and doctrine should break their own hard, 
proud, unbelieving hearts, if they would 
witness the same in their brethren. Christ 



has done all for us because we were help- 
less, bound in chains of darkness, sin, and 
despair, and because we could do nothing 
for ourselves. It is through the exercise 
of faith, hope, and love, that we come 
nearer and nearer to the standard of per- 
fect holiness. Our brethren feel the same 
pitying need of help that we have felt. 
We should not burden them with unnec- 
essary censure, but let the love of Christ 
constrain us to be very compassionate and 
tender, that we can weep over the erring 
and those who have backslidden from God. 
The soul is of infinite value. The worth of 
the soul can be estimated only by the 
price paid to ransom it. Calvary! Cal- 
vary! Calvary! will explain the true value 
of the soul. 

There was a serious error in holding so 
many meetings with the view to perfect the 
different branches of interest in the Sabbath- 
school and in the church. Nature could not 
stand the constant draft upon her resources. 
The work at our Office of publication was 
made secondary to the plans of Bro. Bell. The 
interest of several was required to be absorb- 
ed in the plans of Bro. Bell, in order to extend 
his arrangements that he flattered himself 
would be successful. The work of God in 
the Office had to be neglected by some, in 
order for them to sustain the many meet- 
ings called. The physical strength was so 

severely taxed that sickness was the result 
of this over-taxation. The work of God 
does not require us to violate the laws of 
health, and bring on disease and premature 
decay. God's requirements are not unrea- 
sonable. His ways and works are in har- 
mony with the laws he has implanted in 
our being. His requirements and his es- 
tablished laws, governing our health and 
life, are in perfect harmony. 

Sister Mina Fairfield labored beyond her 
power of endurance, which, in connection 
with the selfish course of some in the Of- 
fice, and the trials brought upon her by the 
wayward course of her sister, brought upon 
her such keen trials of mind, and so great 
a burden of anxiety, that she could not 
rise above these things, and death was the 
result. Many felt that the burden of these 
meetings was too wearing to the physical 
strength, and expressed their fears; but 
Bro. Bell's mind was so concentrated upon 
the object of bringing up the church into 
working order that he did not regard the 
laws of health and life. With a martyr-like 
spirit, he considered it a virtue, irrespect- 
ive of weariness and failing health, to press 
the matter to the desired end. The strain 
in one direction, calling into exercise cer- 
tain powers of the mind, was severely 
wearing to mental and physical strength ; 
and some minds were becoming unbalanced. 


It is necessary for the healthful develop- 
ment of mind that each quality be properly 
employed. If one faculty is suffered to 
remain idle while others are over-worked, 
the design of God is not accomplished, be- 
cause the balance of the mind is not pre- 
served. The over-taxed organs become ir- 
ritated, when, if all the faculties, especially 
those that are the weakest, should be cul- 
tivated, the pressure would not be extreme 
upon any one. All would bear their part 
of the labor, and minds would then be 
properly balanced. 

Vital godliness is a principle to be culti- 
vated. The power of God can accomplish 
for us that which all the systems in the 
world cannot effect. The peifection of 
Christian character depends wholly upon 
the grace and strength found alone in God. 
Without the power of grace upon the 
heart, assisting our efforts, and sanctifying 
our labors, we shall fail of saving our 
own souls, and in saving the souls of oth- 
ers. System and order are highly essen- 
tial, but none should receive the impression 
that these will do the work without the 
grace and power of God operating upon 
the mind and heart. Heart and flesh 
would fail in the round of ceremonies, and 
in the caraying out of our plans, without 
the power of God to inspire and give cour- 
age to perform. 


The Sabbath-school at Battle Creek was 
made the one great theme of interest with 
Bro. Bell. It absorbed the minds of youth, 
while other religious duties were neglected. 
Frequently, after the Sabbath-school was 
closed, the superintendent, a number of the 
teachers, and quite a number of scholars, 
would return home to rest. They felt that 
their burden for the day was ended, and 
they had no further duty. When the bell 
sounded forth the hour for public service, 
as the people left their homes for the house 
of worship, they would meet a large por- 
tion of the school passing to their homes. 
And however important the meeting, the 
interest of a large share of the Sabbath- 
school could not be awakened to take any 
pleasure in the instruction given by the 
minister upon important Bible subjects. 
While many of the children did not attend 
public service, some that remained were 
not advantaged by the word spoken ; for 
they felt that it was a wearisome tax. 

There should be discipline and order in 
our Sabbath-schools. Children who attend 
these schools should prize the privileges 
they enjoy. They should be required to 
observe the regulations of the Sabbath- 
school. And even greater care should be 
t?ken by the parents, that their children 
should have their Scripture lessons learned 
more perfectly than their lessons in the 

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common schools. If parents and children 
see no necessity for this interest, then the 
children might better remain at home ; for 
the Sabbath-school will fail to prove a 
blessing to them. Parents and children 
should work in harmony with teachers 
and superintendent, thus giving evidence 
that they appreciate the labor put forth for 
them. Parents should have an especial in- 
terest in the religious education of their 
children, that they may have a more thor- 
ough knowledge of the Scriptures. 

There are many children who plead a 
lack of time as a reason why their Sab- 
bath-school lessons are not learned. There 
are but few who cannot find time to learn 
their lessons if they have an interest in 
them. Some devote time to amusement 
and sight-seeing, while others devote 
time to the needless trimming of their 
dress for display, thus cultivating pride and 
vanity. The precious hours thus prodigal- 
ly spent is God's time, for which they must 
render an account to him. The hours spent 
in needless ornamentation, or in amuse- 
ments and idle conversation, will with ev- 
ery work be brought into judgment. 


Laborer* In the Office. 

Those in the Office who have professed 
to believe the truth should show the power 
of the truth in their lives, and prove that 
they are working onward and upward 
from the basis of principle. They should 
be molding their lives and characters after 
the perfect Model. If all could, look with 
a discerning eye into the tremendous real- 
ities of eternity, what a horror of condem- 
nation would seize some in the Office, who 
now pass on with seeming indifference, al- 
though separated from eternal scenes by a 
very small space. Many warnings have 
been given, and urged home with intense 
feeling and earnest prayers, every one of 
which is faithfully registered in Heaven, to 
balance the account of each in the day of 
final investigation. The unwearying love 
of Christ has followed those engaged in 
his work in the Office. God has followed 
those connected with the Office with bless- 
ings and entreaties, yet hating the sins 
and unfaithfulness that cling to them as 
the leprosy. The deep and solemn truths 
that those in the Office have had the priv- 
ilege of listening to, should take hold upon 
their sympathies and lead them to a high 
appreciation of the light God has given 
them. If they will walk in the light, it 
will beautify and ennoble their lives with 
Heaven's own adornmert, purity and true 



A way is opened before every one in the 
Office to engage from the heart directly in 
the work of Christ and the salvation of 
souls. Christ left Heaven and the bosom 
of his Father, to come to a friendless, lost 
world to save those who would be saved. 
He exiled himself from his Father, and he 
exchanged the pure companionship of an- 
gels for that of fallen humanity, all pol- 
luted with sin. With grief and amaze- 
ment, Christ witnesses the coldness, the 
indifference and neglect with which his 
professed followers in the Office treat the 
light, and the messages of warning and of 
love he has given them. Christ has pro- 
vided the bread and water of life for all 
who hunger and thirst. 

The Lord requires all in the Office to la- 
bor from high motives. Christ has, in his 
life, given them examples. All should la- 
bor with interest, devotion, and faith, for 
the salvation of souls. If every one in the 
Office will labor with unselfish purposes, dis- 
cerning the sacredness of the work, the bless- 
ing of God will rest upon them. If all had 
cheerfully and gladly taken up their several 
burdens, the wear and perplexity would 
not have come so heavily upon my iius- 
band. How few earnest prayers have been 
sent up to God in faith for those who were 
not fully in the truth who worked in the 
Office. Who has felt the worth of the soul 

for whom Christ died ? Who have been 
laborers in the vineyard of the Lord ? I 
saw that angels were grieved with the tri- 
fling frivolities of the professed followers 
of Christ in that Office, who were handling 
sacred things. Some have no more sense 
of the sacredness of the work than if they 
were engaged in common labor. God now 
calls for the fruitless cumberers of the 
ground to consecrate themselves to him, 
and center their affections and hopes in 

Bro. Wilber Whitney takes matters too 
easy. He can bear responsibilities, and 
will need to have them urged upon him, 
because it is not natural for him to take 
them upon himself. There is no more im- 
portant or greater work than that which 
he is now doing, if he will make it so. 
But Bro. Wilber is in danger of acting the 
boy rather than the man. If his labor is 
characterized with faithfulness, if he is 
willing to bear the burdens he can and 
should bear, he will be a most useful and 
important workman in the Office. He can 
now be qualifying himself for usefulness, 
and for a business man, a care-taker, if he 
will ; or he can excuse himself, and be con- 
tent to pass along without taking care, and 
as a consequence attain no special growth 
by his experieitce in the Office, and will 
not be able to manage and lead, but sub- 
mit to be led. 



The Lord would have all connected with 
that Office care-takers and burden-bearers. 
If they are pleasure-seekers, if they do not 
practice self-denial, they are not fit for a 
place in the Office. Bro. Amadon has been 
too willing to take too much upon his 
hands, when others can take a share, and 
are better adapted to the work than him- 
self. By taking too many things upon his 
hands, he becomes confused and makes 
blunders, which may seriously affect the 
work in the Office. 

The workers at the Office should feel 
when they enter it that it is a sacred place 
where the work of God is being done in 
the publication of truth which will decide 
the destiny of souls. This is not felt or 
realized as it should be. There is conver- 
sation in the type-setting department, 
which diverts the mind from the work. 
The Office is no place for visiting, for a 
courting spirit, or for amusement, or self- 
ishness. All should feel that they are do- 
ing work for God. He who sifts all mo- 
tives and reads all hearts is proving, and 
trying, and sifting, his people, especially 
those who have light and knowledge, and 
who are engaged in his sacred work. God is 
a searcher of hearts, and a trier of the reins, 
and will accept nothing less than entire 
devotion to the work, and consecration to 
himself. All should have a spirit in that 

Office to take up their daily duties as if in 
the presence of God. They should not be 
satisfied merely with doing just enough to 
pass along, and receive their wages ; but 
all should work in any place where they 
can help the most. In Bro. White's ab- 
sence, there are some faithful ones ; there 
are others who are eye-servants. Bro. 
Gage was one of these. Warren does not 
do in his absence as in his presence. Wil- 
ber does not do in his absence as in his 
presence. There are those in the Office 
who do not feel under that restraint in the 
absence of my husband that they do when 
he is present. This is the case with sev- 
eral, but not with all. 

There is a work to be done for many in 
the Office. Richard has belief in all the 
truth, and yet has not taken a decided 
stand for God. The influence of the young 
who profess Christ has stood directly in 
his way. Alas ! the youth in Battle Creek 
are a set of backsliders ; yet there will be 
no excuse for Richard ; for an unerring 
Pattern has been given him, a faultless life. 
Christ is his example. Richard has seen 
much eye-service, and as he has seen such 
a lack of religious principle in those who 
profess to believe the truth, he has stum- 
bled upon the dark mountains of unbelief 
in regard to the truthfulness of the Chris- 
tian religion. Richard has been faithful 


in his duties in the Office. He has not 
been an eye-servant. If all in the Office 
who profess to be followers of Christ had 
been faithful in the performance of duty 
in the Office, there would be a great change 
for the better. Young men and young 
women have been too much engrossed in 
each other's society, talking, jesting, and 
joking, and angels of God have been driven 
from the Office. 

Marcus Lichtenstein was a God-fearing 
youth ; but he saw so little true religious 
principle in those working in the Office, 
and in the church, that he was perplexed, 
distressed, and disgusted. He stumbled 
over the lack of conscientiousness in some 
in keeping the Sabbath of the Lord, yet 
professing to be commandment-keepers. 
Marcus had an exalted regard for the work 
in the Office ; but the vanity, the trifling, 
and the lack of principle, stumbled him. 
God had raised up Marcus, and in his prov- 
idence connected him with his work in the 
Office. But there is so little known of the 
mind and will of God by some who work 
in the Office that they looked upon this 
great work of the conversion of Marcus 
from Judaism as of no great importance. 
Marcus's worth was not appreciated. He 
was frequently pained with the deportment 
of Byron, and of others in the Office, and 
when he attempted to reprove them, his 


words were received with contempt, that 
he should venture to instruct them. His 
defective language was an occasion of jest 
and amusement with some. 

Marcus felt deeply over the case of Rich- 
ard ; but he could not see how he could 
help him. Marcus never would have left 
that Office if the young men had been time 
to their profession. If Marcus makes ship- 
wreck of faith, his blood will surely be 
found in the skirts of the young who pro- 
fess Christ, but who, in their works, in 
their words, and deportment, state plainly 
that they are not of Christ, but of the 
world. This deplorable state of neglect, 
of indifference, and unfaithfulness, must 
cease. A thorough and permanent change 
must take place in the Office, or those who 
have had so much light and so great priv- 
ileges should be dismissed, and others take 
their place, even if they be unbelievers. It 
is a fearful thing to be self-deceived. Said 
the angel, pointing to these in the Office, 
"Except your righteousness exceed the 
righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, 
ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom 
of Heaven." A profession is not enough. 
There must be a work inwrought in the 
soul, and carried out in the life. 

The love of Christ reaches to the very- 
depths of earthly misery and woe, or it 
would not meet the case of the veriest sin- 



ner. It also reaches to the throne of the 
eternal, or man could not he lifted from his 
degraded condition, and our necessities 
would not he met, our desires would he 

Christ has led the way from earth to 
Heaven. He forms the connecting link 
hetween the two worlds. He brings the 
love and condescension of God to man, and 
brings man up through his merits to meet 
the reconciliation of God. Christ is the 
way, the truth, and the life. It is hard 
work to follow on, step by step, painfully 
and slowly, onward and upward, the path 
of purity and holiness. But Christ made 
ample provision to impart new vigor to 
every advance step, and new and divine 
strength is imparted at every step in the 
divine life. This is the knowledge and ex- 
perience that the hands in the Office all 
want, and must have, or they daily bring 
reproach upon the cause of Christ. 

God calls for Bro. Richard to take his 
stand without further delay on the side of 
Christ. Jesus is waiting to forgive, to 
love, to bless, and to give him his shelter- 
ing care. Satan has been pressing his 
temptations upon him with almost irre- 
sistible power. But he needs strength 
from above to resist these temptations, and 
to come off victorious. The chief end of 
man is to glorify God, that we may enjoy 

him forever. How few live as if they be- 
lieved this. 

Bro. Saxby is making a mistake in his 
life. He puts too high an estimate upon 
himself. He has not commenced to build 
right to make a success of life. He is 
building at the top, but the foundation is 
not laid right. The foundation must be 
laid under ground, and then the building 
can go up. He needs discipline and expe- 
rience in the every-day duties of life, which 
tho sciences will not give, or all his educa- 
tion will not give him physical exercise to 
become inured to the hardships of life. 

From what has been shown me, there 
should be a careful selection of help in that 
Office. The young, and untried, and un- 
consecrated, should not be placed there ; 
for they are exposed to temptations, and 
have not fixed characters. Those who 
have formed characters, and have fixed 
principles, and the truth of God in the 
heart, will not be a constant source of anx- 
iety and care, but rather helps and bless- 
ings. There are those in B. C. who should 
be in a place where they will have a spirit 
of self-sacrifice and devotion to the inter- 
est and success of the truth, to take care 
of those in the Office, in finding homes for 
them. And the Office of publication is 
amply able to make arrangements to secure 
good helpers, who have ability and princi- 


pie. And the church in their turn should 
not seek to advantage themselves one 
penny from those who come to the Office 
to labor and learn their trade. There are 
positions where some can earn more wages 
than those at the Office, but they can never 
find a position more important, more hon- 
orable, or exalted, than the work of God 
in the Office. Those who labor faithfully 
and unselfishly will be rewarded. For 
them there is a crown of glory prepared, 
compared with which, all earthly honors 
and pleasures are as the small dust of the 
balance. Especially will those be blessed 
who have been faithful to God in watching 
over the spiritual welfare of others in the 
Office. Pecuniary and temporal interests, 
in comparison with this, sinks into insig- 
nificance. In one scale is gold dust, in the 
other a human soul of such value that 
honor, riches, and glory, have been sacrificed 
by the Son of God to ransom it from the 
bondage of sin and hopeless despair. The 
soul is of infinite value, and demands the 
most attention. Every man who fears God 
in that Office should put away childish and 
vain things, and stand erect, with true 
moral courage, in the dignity of his man- 
hood, shunning low familiarity, yet binding 
heart to heart in the bond of Christian in- 
terest and love. Hearts yearn for sympa- 
thy and love, and are as much refreshed 


and strengthened by them as flowers are 
by showers and sunshine. 

Bro. Amadon was connected with the 
work of God in the Office years ago. He 
was deficient in many respects, yet his 
interest and heart have been in the work. 
He has been devoted to the work, and la- 
bored hard and unselfishly. He has had 
the fear of God before him, and has worked 
to the best of his ability, yet he is not now 
as well qualified to bear responsibilities in 
the work as he was years ago. The enemy 
has worked through sister Amadon, and 
her influence has been such that it has 
worn upon her husband until he is almost 
unfitted for the work. Bro. Amadon is a 
one-idea man. He cannot take in many 
things at a time. He has not powers of 
discrimination. He does not take a course 
which commands respect «of the hands in 
the Office. George is not qualified for the 
responsible position he occupies. But as 
there has not yet been a man raised up 
for the place, it has seemed necessary for 
him to work in the department he has. 
The position George now occupies should 
be filled by one of experience, who has a 
well-organized mind, that can see the many 
things requiring attention at a glance, and 
who is not easily confused ; one who is un- 
selfish and discriminating, courteous, kind, 
yet firm and decided to carry out the reg- 


illations of the Office. The care and re- 
sponsibilities that George now bears are 
wearing his mind, for he is not adapted to 
the work. It would be far better for 
George to take some position where he has 
not to direct, or have the charge of others. 
I was shown that things in the Office 
are not as God would have them. Bro. 
Amadon has too much to do. His mind 
is called in too many directions. His care 
should be divided with others. Bro. Bach- 
eller and Bro. Amadon are not united as 
two laborers should be in the Office. Bro. 
Bacheller has had, during his life, a selfish 
temperament, and he has deprived himself 
of many precious blessings which he would 
have realized from God if he had been less 
self-caring. Bro. Amadon was not the one 
to correct this. He has felt that he must 
make Bro. Bacheller feel his selfishness, 
and Bro. and sister Amadon have been too 
zealous in making prominent Bro. Bachel- 
ler's deficiency in this respect, and have 
pressed him because of it. This has 
wounded Bro. Bacheller and his wife, and 
there has been an ugly sore festering a long 
time. The watching, and distrust, and 
jealousy, upon the part of Bro. Amadon 
and his wife, have resulted bad in the case 
of Bro. Bacheller and his family. Bro. 
Bacheller has, during his life, been too ready 
to shun burdens and responsibilities. Bro. 


and sister Amadon have been too ready to 
take them, and they have not borne them 
with a good grace. But the responsibili- 
ties that they have borne have too often 
resulted badly. Bro. and sister. Amadon 
should not gather burdens and. responsibil- 
ities, but should seek, in the fear of God, 
to correct their deficiencies, encourage 
calmness and self-control over their ardent 
temperaments. They should shun excite- 
ment and display. They have both sensa- 
tional natures, and will be inclined to have 
a sensational religion, unless they are gov- 
erned by principle instead of feeling. 

Bro. Bacheller, there is a lack with you, 
a neglect of your trust. You are not as 
faithful of your time and labor for the in- 
terest of the Association as is your duty. 
There is a great lack of devotion and con- 
secration to God. You have been growing 
cold and careless in regard to your own 
salvation, and have not felt the moral ob- 
ligations resting upon you to exemplify in 
your life the life of Christ. How have you 
let your light shine before the weak, and 
before unbelievers ? Has it been such that 
they would be convinced that you were 
indeed a faithful servant of the cross of 
Christ ? You have not shown the power 
of living faith and divine grace in your 
heart and life, and your lack of consecra- 
tion unfits you for the sacred work in 



which you are engaged. Instead of over- 
coming the world, the flesh, and the devil, 
you are being overcome. A neglect to live 
up to the light you have had, has brought 
darkness and unbelief to your soul. 

Bro. Saxby came to that Office a good 
boy ; but he was not experienced. He 
needed help, the very help those in the 
Office could give him. He was a student, 
fresh from school, and needed to learn 
many things. He had started out on a 
wrong plan. If he had worked his way 
along, earning his money by his own labor, 
to obtain an education, he would have ob- 
tained the very experience he needed. Now 
he is deficient in essential branches of ed- 
ucation, without the knowledge of which 
he cannot make life a success. If those in 
the Office had given the inexperienced 
youth sympathy, instead of making sport 
over his high and lofty ideas, it would 
have been more pleasing to God. 

W. is a conscientious young man ; but 
he has not taken hold of life aright. He 
has risen above the simplicity of the work. 
He has thought that there was some great 
work for him to do, above the common 
duties of life, and he is in a fair way of 
overlooking the duties that lie directly be- 
fore him. In obtaining an education, 
many young men are ruined, because they 
do not take hold of the matter aright. 

Work and study, at intervals, would have 
been better for him. The trials and diffi- 
culties of a life of toil are a great advantage 
to the young in developing physical and 
mental strength. Physical and mental 
powers should both be exercised, for both 
were designed for use. 

In acquiring a knowledge of science, 
some have neglected physical exertion, and 
their energies have been crippled according- 
ly. They ever have a defective experience, 
as far as practical life is concerned. This 
class are not inclined to love labor. Those 
who shrink from these burdens cannot 
make life a success. Earnest effort, perse- 
verance, and a constant resisting of temp- 
tation, will bring the victory. Study and 
work and work and study will keep in ac- 
tive exercise both the physical and mental. 
These two rightly conducted will not war 
against each other. There will be great 
danger, in obtaining an education, of neg- 
lecting a life of devotion and prayer. The 
Bible should be read every day. A life of 
religion and devotion to God is- the best 
shield for the young who are exposed to 
temptation in their associations in acquir- 
ing an education. The word of God will 
give the correct standard of right and 
wrong, and of moral principle. Fixed 
principles of truth are the only safeguard 
for youth. Strong purposes and a resolute 

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will close many an open door to temp- 
tation, and to influences unfavorable to 
the maintenance of Christian character. 
A weak, irresolute spirit, indulged in boy- 
hood and youth, •will make a life of con- 
stant struggle, and of toil, because decision 
and firm principle are "wanting. Such will 
ever be trammeled in making a success of 
life in this world, and they will be in dan- 
ger of losing the better life. It will be 
safe to be earnest for the right. The first 
consideration should be to honor God, and 
second, faithful to humanity, performing 
the duties which each day brings, meeting 
its trials and bearing its burdens with firm- 
ness and a resolute heart. Earnest and 
untiring effort, united with strong purpose, 
trusting wholly in God, will help in every 
emergency, and qualify for a useful life in 
this world, and give a fitness for the im- 
mortal life. 

Brother ana Sister Smith. 

December 10, 1871, 1 was shown in re- 
gard to Brn. Andrews and Smith that ic 
was not natural for them to take responsi- 
bilities> and that they should encourage 
care-taking habits. If they had done this 
in years past, they would now be of greater 
service to the cause of God. The Lord 

qualified Bro. Smith to be a strong helper 
in his cause. If he would feel the impor- 
tance of making God his trust, he would 
have grace to endure, and power from the 
Lord to fortify him, that when tempted of 
Satan he would have discernment to under- 
stand his devices. But he has allowed his 
surroundings to cripple him. Sister Smith 
has been a great hinderance to her husband. 
Had she manifested a confidence and faith 
in the work of God, and in those whom God 
has chosen to lead out in this work, she 
would have been just the help Bro. Smith 
needed. But she has deceived herself, 
and deceived Bro. Smith. He felt at times 
that his courage was gone, and has assigned 
as a cause other than the true one. Had 
Bro. and sister Smith regarded the warn- 
ings and reproofs given them, they would 
have been saved many perplexities and sad 

Years past, the testimonies pointed out 
definitely the attacks Satan would make, 
and the course to pursue to avoid them. 
But there was a neglect on their part to 
follow out and act upon the light given ; 
therefore, there has not been strength re- 
ceived from God to endure the test of 
temptation. Sifter Smith has been troubled 
greatly with infidelity in regard to the work 
of God and the truth for this time. This 
is generally the case with those who have 


had great light and special manifestation 
from the Lord, and have neglected to follow 
the light. If sister Smith had followed the 
light, her faith and confidence would not 
have been shaken in the multiplied evi- 
dences that we have the truth for this time. 
If Bro. and sister Smith had unitedly 
followed the light, their sympathies would 
not have been so often on the wrong side, 
which has kept them weak. The un conse- 
crated have had their sympathies, while my 
husband, who has had the pressure of care 
and the burden of responsibility, has had 
their suspicion and distrust. God designed 
that Bro. Smith and my husband should he 
true yoke-fellows, united to support and 
strengthen each other. Bro. Smith should 
have, as far as possible, relieved my hus- 
band from the burdens which were crushing 
him. This Satan was determined to hinder. 
He worked upon the imagination of sister 
Smith. Her sensational temperament was 
favorable for him to excite by presenting 
temptations in such a form as would unbal- 
ance her mind, and pervert her judgment. 
Bro. Smith, as well as many others, has 
been greatly afFected by this spirit and in- 
fluence from sister Smith. She has molded 
her husband and many others to view things 
as she views them. Unbelief and distrust 
or stolid gloom have cast a very dark 
shadow in her family, and its influence has 


extended to the church. Sister Smith took 
herself out of the hands of God, and took 
her case in her own hands. She has not 
had an eye single to the glory of God. Her 
motives were not high and pure as they 
should have been. She had not the true 
anchor. Her heart was selfish. A selfish 
heart may perform many generous actions, 
and express humility and affection in the 
outward manner, yet the motives be decep- 
tive and impure, and the efforts and actions 
that flow from them may not be the fruits 
of true holiness, because destitute of the 
pure principles of love. Sister Smith should 
for years have been cultivating benevolent 
love. Love ever needs to be cherished ; 
for its influence is divine. It soothes, and 
comforts, and gives confidence and rest of 
spirit, when all may be in turmoil and con- 
fusion around us. 

When sister Smith confessed her errors 
in the spring of 1870, she had genuine 
sorrow and repentance. Her confession 
should have been received, and encourage- 
ment and sympathy given, even if all 
thought she would not stand the test of 
proving, and would again be found with 
her sympathies on the side of the unconse- 
crated. Whatever course it was feared she 
might pursue in the future should not have 
influenced our minds and controlled our 
actions at the time of this humiliation on 


the part of sister Smith. The withholding 
of our sympathies from sister Smith, the 
unbelief we manifested, was unbecoming the 
followers of Christ, who are dependent 
upon his love and mercy every hour. 

I was referred to Ezekiel 33 : 10-12 : 
" Therefore, thou son of man, speak unto 
the house of Israel : Thus ye speak, saying, 
If our transgressions and our sins be upon 
us, and we pine away in them, how should 
we then live ? Say unto them, As I live, 
saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in 
the death of the wicked; but that the 
wicked turn from his way and live ; turn 
ye, turn ye from your evil ways ; for why 
will ye die, house of Israel ? Therefore, 
thou son of man, say unto the children of 
thy people, The righteousness of the right- 
eous shall not deliver him in the day of his 
transgression ; as for the wickedness of the 
wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day 
that he turneth from his wickedness ; nei- 
ther shall the righteous be able to live for 
his righteousness in the day that he sin- 
neth." The humiliation of sister Smith, 
and the hearty confessions made by her, 
God ever accepts, and gives the one who 
thus humbles the heart before him another 
test, another trial and proving. 

The matter that was brought out in pub- 
lic in regard to the letter written by sister 
Smith was not as it should have been. Brn. 


Andrews and Waggoner did not act the 
part upon this occasion they would have 
wished acted toward them. Sister Smith 
was placed in the worst light it was possible 
for her to be before the large company 
present. The writing of the letter was not 
right. It savored of the same spirit which 
prevailed at Battle Creek at the time it was 
written. But the motives of sister Smith 
in writing the letter were not what my hus- 
band, myself, and many others, supposed 
they must have been. Our feelings from 
that time were that sister Smith had gone 
too far for repentance. It was a cruel act 
mentioning the letter in the place and time 
it was mentioned. If these brethren had 
presented the facts before Bro. and sister 
Smith alone first, and if they could get no 
satisfaction, if the case was positively nec- 
essary, they could then have brought it be- 
fore the church in a more public manner. 
The letter written by sister Smith to Bro. 
Andrews in reference to my husband had 
great influence on his mind. Sister Smith 
and many others viewed his case in an ex- 
aggerated light. But when the letter sis- 
ter Smith had written to Bro. Andrews was 
introduced before the public by Bro. Wag- 
goner, it told with great severity against 
sister Smith. And when sister Smith saw 
that she had not the confidence of her 
brethren and sisters, she became disheart- 



ened, and finally made no effort to live for 
God and maintain a life of service for her 
Lord who had high claims upon her. Here, 
again, she erred. 

Sister Smith has trusted too much in 
man. She has thought if she had not the 
confidence of those whom she believed God 
was leading, she could not have the favor 
of God, and she gave up the conflict. She 
should have tried to press to the right, re- 
gardless of her feelings, and act from prin- 
ciple. She had a work before her to re- 
deem the past. Whatever part others had 
acted, this did not excuse her from doing 
her duty, to counteract her past course of 
unbelief, murmuring, and rebellion. 

Bro. Smith seemed shorn of his strength. 
He was greatly discouraged, and concluded 
it must be best to separate himself from the 
work. God, in his great mercy, did not 
leave them to do this. He impressed my 
husband's mind forcibly while in prayer, 
and our hearts were drawn out after Bro. 
and sister Smith. The invitation of the 
Spirit of God was to sister Smith to again 
take hold of his strength, and make peace 
with him. The Spirit of God rested upon 
the few bowed in prayer, and our hearts 
were made to rejoice together in God. 

I was shown, December 10, that sister 
Smith could be a blessing to her husband, 
or a curse to him. If she permits herself 

to be sad, gloomy, and unbelieving, she be- 
comes a body of darkness instead of light, 
and her husband is so constituted that it is 
almost impossible for him to be free to 
preach and write out the truth ; for an op- 
pressive weight bears him down. If sister 
Smith cultivates cheerfulness, and if she is 
hopeful in God, she can be a sunbeam in 
her family. She has experience, and has 
had great light, and she is responsible to 
God for the improvement of this light. 
God wants Bro. Smith to be a free man, 
and fully consecrated to the work. If he 
is not free, the reason exists in his own 
family. Bro. Smith has not realized what 
a paralyzing influence the spiritual atmos- 
phere of his home has had upon his ener- 
gies and spiritual strength. God is willing 
and ready to give Bro. Smith a large meas- 
ure of his Spirit, if he will trust in him, 
and go forward in faith. 

If Bro. and sister Smith had unitedly 
taken their position, and maintained it, 
upon health reform, as God had given them 
light, they would have had better health 
and greater spiritual strength. Their back- 
sliding upon health reform and yielding to 
the temptations of Satan on the side of in- 
dulgence of appetite have injured both 
themselves and their children. Had the 
light been followed, which God had been 
pleased to give them, and had they observed 


regularity in eating of simple food, letting 
alone flesh-meats, they would have realized 
a blessing. 

The flesh of dead animals, fermenting 
and putrefying in the stomach, to be sent 
through every part of the system, is not 
pleasant to reflect upon, or to experience. 
It causes many wretched feelings, and is 
the greatest cause of fevers, suffering of 
every type, and of death. Those of sedentary 
habits should certainly discard flesh-meats. 
Many greatly abuse their stomachs by eat- 
ing too much of even healthful food. But 
how much more those who eat of unhealth- 
fnl food. The abused stomach bears up in 
a wonderful manner under the continued 
abuse daily heaped upon it, until malignant 
disease brings down the victim. The entire 
system seems to be corrupted, and nothing 
can stay the rapid work of disease and pre- 
mature death. 

Those whose stomachs are strong should 
keep them so by living hygienically. Those 
who are suffering with diseased stomachs 
should let every irritating substance alone, 
and not allow perverted appetite to control 
reason. Health and happiness depend 
upon the healthy condition of the stomach. 
Those who study and write, above all oth- 
ers, should eat the most healthful food, lest 
digestion be impaired, and the mind, in- 
stead of growing clearer and stronger by 


the discipline of study, become dull and 
prostrated, because the stomach is diseased. 
In this condition, the more the mind is 
taxed with study, the less strength will it 
have, because the diseased stomach affects 
the entire nervous system, brain, and mind. 
Although the stomach may long endure the 
abuse it receives, yet the break-down will 
surely come. 

If the daily habits of Bro. and sister 
Smith in eating, drinking, and exercising, 
had been in accordance with the light God 
has given upon health reform, that pros- 
trating fever, which separated Bro. Smith 
from the work, would not have taken hold 
upon him. The Office was deprived of his 
labor at the very time his help was very 
much needed. My husband and myself 
were attending the camp-meetings, and 
Bro. Smith could not be spared without 
the work suffering. When Bro. Smith be- 
gan to recover, if then he had trusted in 
God with a sense of his responsibility, and 
manifested an interest in the work at the 
Office, God would have given him strength 
and grace as he needed. 

There are but few that move conscien- 
tiously from principle, having all their 
habits in accordance with the laws of 
health, relating themselves rightly to health 
and life, having the glory of God in view. 
The power of appetite and of habit controls 


the conscience to a very great extent, and 
God is robbed of the time and service 
due him, because sickness is brought upon 
them as the result of nature's violated law. 
Bro. Smith of all men can be benefited by 
health reform. His habits are sedentary, 
and if he would have a clear brain, he must 
be careful and regulate his diet. His 
meals should be regular, if other labor is 
neglected. The body is of more value than 
raiment. Bro. Smith's food should be 
simple, yet generous. He will be better 
without flesh- meats. If he was much in 
the open air, a meat diet would not be so 
injurious, but with as little exercise as Bro. 
Smith can obtain, his diet should consist of 
vegetables, fruits, and grains. Bro. Smith 
is naturally bilious, and he is in danger of 

Health reform carried out in his family 
with strictness, would be a blessing to Bro. 
and sister Smith and their children. The 
neglect of sister Smith to live up to the 
light on health and dress reform has been 
a stumbling-block to others. This should 
not have been. Men and women profess- 
ing to be followers of Christ should be 
governed by principle instead of inclination 
and appetite. If this was the case, none 
would plead any one's example as an excuse 
for them to indulge appetite. 

A nutritious diet does not consist in the 


eating of flesh-meats, butter, spice, and 
grease. The fruits, vegetables, and grains, 
God has caused to grow for the benefit of 
man. These are indeed the fat of the land ; 
and if these articles of food are prepared 
in a manner to preserve their natural taste 
as much as possible, they are all that our 
wants require. A perverted appetite will 
not be satisfied with these, but will crave 
flesh-meats highly seasoned, pastry, and 
spices. Indigestible condiments cannot be 
eaten without injuring the tender coats of 
the stomach. 

Bro. and sister Smith have a work be- 
fore them to properly educate their chil- 
dren. They should call to mind the sin of 
Eli, and shun his example. Bro. Smith 
has not taken upon himself the respon- 
sibility which rests upon a father to control 
his children. He is the head of the fam- 
ily, and as priest of his household. The 
most powerful sermon that can be given 
the unbelieving world in recommendation 
of our faith is a well-disciplined family. 
Children that are educated to habits of. 
self-denial and self-control, and are taught 
to be courteous, kind, and affectionate, will 
make an impression upon minds that noth- 
ing else can. A family of children who 
are coarse, unruly, selfish, passionate, and 
disobedient, show to bad advantage, and is 
a bad recommendation to the truth advo- 


cated by their parents. Sister Smith's un- 
due affection for her children is a selfish 
and idolatrous love, which makes her par- 
tial to her children, and blinds her eyes in 
a great measure to the many faults which 
need to be corrected in them. It is not 
enough to merely entreat our children as 
did Eli, " Why do ye so wickedly V but to 
decidedly restrain them. The little daugh- 
ter has been gratified and indulged, until 
she is ruler in the house. She is coming 
up with a strong will undirected, and her 
strong passions uncontrolled. She will be 
a grief to her parents unless they now do 
the work they have so long neglected. 

Love has a twin sister, which is duty. 
Love and duty stand side by side. Love 
exercised while duty is neglected will make 
children headstrong, willful, perverse, self- 
ish, and disobedient. If stern duty is left 
to stand alone without love to soften and 
win, it will have a similar result. Duty 
and love must be blended in order that 
children may be properly disciplined. Bro. 
and sister Smith's children are coming up 
unlovable and unloved. This is not as God 
would have it. This is a neglect of duty 
on their part, a work which they must take 
up and no longer neglect. 

Bro. Smith has a most precious gift that 
Satan would have buried. He can write, 
and he can preach the truth with accept- 


ance, and he should not excuse himself, 
but, in confidence and faith, move forward, 
and God will sustain him. Bro. Smith can 
fill an important position in the cause and 
work of God. He should be guarded, and 
not allow influence to discourage and de- 
press him. Home influences have confused 
his faith, and clouded his discernment, and 
had a tendency to disqualify him to judge 
who was really deserving of his sympathies. 
He could not see but that those whom God 
could not approve and bless, and upon 
whom rested his frown, were about as near 
right as those whom God was especially 
leading, and giving testimonies of reproof 
and warning. This has been a great dis- 
couragement to my husband. 

Anciently, directions were given to the 
priests, " And they shall teach my people 
the difference between the holy and pro- 
lane, and cause them to discern between 
the unclean and the clean. And in contro- 
versy they shall stand in judgment, and 
they shall judge it according to my judg- 
ments." "When I say unto the wicked, 
wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if 
thou dost not speak to warn the wicked 
from his way, that wicked man shall die 
in his iniquity ; but his blood will I require 
at thy hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn 
the wicked of his way to turn from it ; if 
he do not turn from his way, he shall die 


in his iniquity ; but thou has delivered thy 

Here is the duty of God's servants made 
plain. They cannot be excused from the 
faithful discharge of their duty to reprove 
sins and wrongs in the people of God, al- 
though it may be a disagreeable task, and 
may not be received by the one who is at 
fault. But in most cases the one reproved 
would accept the warning and would heed 
reproof were it not that others stand in 
their way. They come in as sympathizers, 
and pity the one reproved, and feel that 
they must stand in his defense. They do 
not see that God is displeased with the 
wrong-doer because his cause has been 
wounded, and his name reproached. Souls 
have been turned aside from the truth and 
made shipwreck of faith as the result of 
the wrong course pursued by the one in 
fault ; but the servant of God whose dis- 
cernment is clouded, and his judgment 
swayed by wrong influences, would as soon 
take his position with the offender whose 
influence has done much harm, as with 
the reprover of wrong and of sin, and in 
thus doing he virtually says to the sinner, 
Do not be troubled, do not be cast down ; 
you are about light after alL These say 
to the sinner, " It shall be well with thee." 

God requires his servants to walk in the 
light, and not cover their eyes that they 


may not discern the working of Satan. 
They should be prepared to warn and re- 
prove those who are in danger through his 
subtlety. Satan is working to obtain van- 
tage ground on the right hand and on the 
left. He rests not. He is persevering. 
He is vigilant and crafty to take advan- 
tage of every circumstance and turn it to 
his account in his warfare against the 
truth and the interests of the kingdom of 
God. It is, I saw, a lamentable fact, that 
God's servants are not half awake, as they 
should be, to the wiles of Satan. And in 
the place of resisting the devil that he may 
flee from them, many are inclined to make 
a compromise with the powers of darkness 
Satan has determined to cloud the pre- 
cious gift of Bro. Smith by bringing his 
wife into a state of gloom and unbelief. 
Her depression falls like a pall of darkness 
upon him. Bro. Smith enjoys cheerful- 
ness, confidence in the truth, and peace in 
God, when not depressed. Angels of God 
can impress his mind when he is consecra- 
ted to God, and clear truth will be reflected 
upon his mind to reflect upon other minds. 
Poetic inspiration has frequently been im- 
parted to him by the ministration of an- 
gels. But Bro. Smith has so long been as- 
sociated with blended gloom and dark un- 
belief that his natural freedom of spirit and 
exalted feelings expressed in elevated poetic 


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language have almost gone out in dark- 
ness. But it can even now be resurrected. 
The free, simple poetry, Time and Proph- 
ecy, following down prophetic history, 
was beautiful in its elevated simplicity; 
yet Bro. and sister Smith have both de- 
spised that little work. They are in dan- 
ger of getting above the simplicity of the 
work. The life of Christ was a life of 
humble simplicity, yet how infinitely ex- 
alted was his mission. Christ is our exam- 
ple in all things. 

The Battle Creek Church. 

There are serious objections to having 
the school located at Battle Creek. Here 
is a large church, and there are quite a 
number of youth connected with this 
church. And in so large a church, where 
one has influence over another, if this in- 
fluence is of an elevating character, leading 
to purity and consecration to God, then 
the youth coming to Battle Creek will have 
greater advantages than if the school was 
located elsewhere. But if the influences 
at Battle Creek shall be in the future what 
they have been for several years past, I 
would warn parents to keep their children 
from Battle Creek. There are but few in 
that large church who have an influence 


that will steadily draw souls to Christ. 
There are many who would, by their ex- 
ample, lead the youth away from God to 
the love of the world. 

There is a great lack with many of the 
church at Battle Creek of feeling their re- 
sponsibility. Those who have practical 
religion will retain their identity of char- 
acter under any circumstance. They will 
not be like the reed trembling in the wind. 

Those situated at a distance feel that 
they would be highly favored could they 
have the privilege of living in Battle Creek, 
among a strong church, where their chil- 
dren could be benefited with the Sabbath- 
schools and meetings. Some of our breth- 
ren and sisters in times past have made 
sacrifices to have their children live in 
Battle Creek. But they have been dis- 
appointed in almost every case. There 
were but few in the church to manifest an 
unselfish interest for these youth. The 
church generally stood as pharisaical strang- 
ers aloof from those who needed their help 
the most. Some of the youth connected 
with the church, who were professedly 
serving God, but loving pleasure and the 
world more, were ready to make the ac- 
quaintance of youthful strangers who came 
among them, and exert a strong influence 
over them to lead them to the world in- 
stead ©f nearer to God. When these re- 


turn home, they are farther from the truth 
than when they came to Battle Creek. 

Men and women are wanted at the heart of 
the work, who will be nursing fathers and 
mothers in Israel, who will have hearts that 
can take in more than merely me and mine. 
They should have hearts that will glow with 
love for the dear youth whether they are 
members of their families or children of 
their neighbors. They are members of 
God's great family for whom Christ had so 
great an interest that he made every sac- 
rifice that it was possible for him to make 
to save them. He left his glory, his maj- 
esty, his kingly throne and robes of royal- 
ty, and became poor, that through his pov- 
erty the children of men might be made 
rich. He finally poured out his soul unto 
death that he might save the race from 
hopeless misery. This is the example of 
disinterested benevolence that Christ has 
given us to pattern after. Many youth, 
and also those of mature age, in the special 
providence of God, have been thrown into 
the arms of the Battle Creek church, for 
them to bless with the great light God has 
given them, and have the precious privilege 
of bringing them, by their disinterested 
efforts, to Christ and to the truth. Christ 
commissions his angels to minister unto 
those who are brought under the influence 
of the trujh, to soften their hearts and 


make them susceptible of the influences of 
his truth. While God and angels were do- 
ing their work, those who professed to be 
followers of Christ seemed to be coolly in- 
different. They did not work in unison 
with Christ and holy angels. Although 
they professed to be servants of God, they 
were serving their own interest and loving 
their own pleasure, and souls were perish- 
ing around them. These souls could truly 
say, " No man careth for my soul." The 
church had neglected to improve the priv- 
ileges and blessings within their reach, and 
through their neglect of duty lost the gold- 
en opportunities of winning souls to Christ. 
Unbelievers have lived in their midst for 
months, and they have made no special ef- 
forts to save them. How can the Master 
regard such servants ? The unbelieving 
would have responded to efforts made in 
their behalf, if brethren and sisters had 
lived up to their exalted profession; if they 
had been seeking an opportunity to work 
for the interest of their Master to advance 
his cause, they would have manifested 
kindness and love for them, and they 
would have sought opportunities to pray 
with them and for them, and would have 
felt a solemn responsibility resting upon 
them to show their faith by their works, 
by precept, and example. They might have 
had these souls saved through their instru- 


mentality, to be as stars in the crown of 
their rejoicing. But the golden opportu- 
nity, in many cases, has passed, never to 
return. The souls that were in the valley 
of decision took their position in the ranks 
of the enemy, and became enemies of God 
and the truth. The record of the unfaith- 
fulness of the professed followers of Jesus 
went up to Heaven. 

I was shown that if the youth at Battle 
Creek were true to their profession, they 
might exert a strong influence for good 
over their fellow youth. But a large share 
of the youth at Battle Creek need a Chris- 
tian experience. They know not God by 
experimental knowledge. They have not 
individually a personal experience in the 
Christian life, and they must perish with 
the unbelieving unless they obtain this ex- 
perience. The youth of this class follow 
inclination rather than duty. Some do not 
seek to be governed by principle. They 
do not agonize to enter into the strait gate, 
trembling with fear lest they will not be 
able. They are confident, boastful, proud, 
disobedient, unthankful, and unholy. Just 
such a class as this lead souls in the broad 
road to ruin. If Christ is not in them, 
they cannot exemplify him in their lives 
and characters. 

The church at Battle Creek have had 
great light. They have been a people pe- 


culiarly favored of God. They have not 
been left in ignorance in regard to the will 
of God concerning them. They might bo 
far in advance of what they now are if 
they had walked in the light. They are 
not that separate, peculiar, and holy people 
that their faith demands, and that God 
recognizes and acknowledges as children of 
the light. They are not obedient and de- 
votional as their exalted position and sa- 
cred obligation require, as children walking 
in the light. The most solemn message of 
mercy ever given to the world has been 
intrusted to them. The Lord has made 
them the repositories of his commandments 
in a sense that no other church is. God 
did not show them his special favor in 
trusting to them his sacred truth that they 
alone may be benefited by the light given 
them; but that the light reflected upon 
them from Heaven should shine fortli to 
others, and be reflected back again to God 
by those who receive the truth, glorifying 
him. Many in Battle Creek will have a 
fearful account to give in the day of God 
for this sinful neglect of duty. 

Many of those who profess to believe 
the truth in Battle Creek contradict then- 
faith by their works. They are as unbe- 
lieving and as far from fulfilling the re- 
quirements of God and of coming up to 
their profession of faith as was the Jewish 


church at the time of Christ's first advent. 
Should Christ make his appearance among 
them, reproving and rebuking selfishness, 
pride, and love of the friendship of the 
world, as at his first advent, but few would 
recognize him as the Lord of glory. The 
picture he would present before them of 
their neglect of duty they would not re- 
ceive, but would tell him to his face, You 
are entirely mistaken, we have done this 
good and great thing, and performed this 
and that wonderful work, and we are en- 
titled to be highly exalted for our good 

The Jews did not go into darkness all at 
once. It was a gradual work, until they 
could not discern the gift of God in send- 
ing his Son. The church at Battle Creek 
have had superior advantages, and they 
will be judged by the light and privileges 
they have had. Their deficiencies, their 
unbelief, their hardness of heart and neg- 
lect to cherish and follow the light, are not 
less than the favored Jews, who refused 
the blessings they might have accepted, 
and crucified the Son of God. This people 
are now an astonishment and reproach to 
the world. 

The church at Battle Creek are like Ca- 
pernaum, which Christ represents as be- 
ing exalted unto heaven by the light and 
privileges that had been given them. If 


the light and privileges they had been 
blessed with had been given to Sodom and 
Gomorrah, they might have stood unto 
this day. If the light and knowledge had 
been given the nations who sit in darkness, 
they might have been far in advance of the 
church at Battle Creek. 

The Laodicean church really believed 
and enjoyeVl the blessings of the gospel, 
and thought they were rich in the favor of 
God, when the true Witness called them 
poor, naked, blind, and miserable. This is 
the case with the church at Battle Creek, 
and a large share of those who profess to 
be God's commandment-keeping people. 
The Lord seeth not as man seeth. His 
thoughts and ways are not as our ways. 

The words and law of God written in 
the soul, and exhibited in a consecrated, 
holy life, have a powerful influence to con- 
vict the world. Covetousness, which is 
idolatry, envy, the love of the world, will 
be rooted from the heart that is in obedi- 
ence to Christ, and it will be their pleasure 
to deal justly, to love mercy, and walk 
humbly before God. Oh! how much is 
comprised in this, walking humbly before 
God. The law of God, if written on the 
heart, will bring into subjection the mind 
and will to the obedience of Christ. 

Our faith is peculiar. Many who pro- 
fess to be living under the sound of the 


last message of mercy are not separated in 
their affections from the world. They bow 
down before the friendship of the world, 
and sacrifice light and principle to secure 
its favor. The apostle describes the favored 
people of God in these words : But ye are 
a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an 
holy nation, a peculiar people ; that ye 
should show forth the praises of him who 
hath called you out of darkness into his 
marvelous light. 

The dress reform is something or noth- 
ing. If all the light that has been given 
in regard to dress reform is of no account 
we wish to understand it. But if God has 
indicated his approval of a modest, simple, 
healthful and convenient dress, let us choose 
this dress and cheerfully wear it. The 
dress question, with all its advantages, has 
been repeatedly set before our people at 
Battle Creek, from a health standpoint, 
and its advantages from a Christian stand 
have been fully set before them. But they 
have been slow of heart to believe, and to 
act up to their faith. 

In order to benefit our people, and that 
our views might be distinctly understood 
by the citizens in the city of Battle Creek, 
that, as far as possible, the embarrassment 
might be removed attending the wearing 
of the reform dress, we called a health con- 
vention, inviting the most influential citi- 


zens to attend that they might have a more 
perfect knowledge of the important sub- 
ject of health reform. Before the large con- 
course of people there assembled we spoke 
upon the subject of dress reform, giving 
our reasons why we adopted this style of 
dress, and the advantages to be gained 
healthwise as well as the advantages de- 
rived from a Christian standpoint. We 
told the people we viewed the adopting of 
the reform dress would prove a safeguard 
to preserve us from the temptation of fol- 
lowing the absurd, unhealthful, extrava- 
gant fashions of this age. We did not 
wear the reform dress to be odd and singu- 
lar, but we adopted and advocated the re- 
form dress from principle. Judge of our 
feelings when we saw upon the platform 
where we stood, among the singers, several 
sisters who had previously worn the reform 
dress appear upon this occasion with their 
long dresses. We greatly desired to cor- 
rectly represent the dress reform upon this 
occasion above all others. We thought 
that if this is all the principle and wisdom 
our sisters have, what dependence can be 
placed upon them. Pride blinds their 
judgment so that they do not seem to un- 
derstand the fitness of things. 

What influence would all that I might 
say have upon the minds of the worldly, 
proud spectators, when they see those of 


our own people standing upon the platform 
as it were in defiance of our faith and the 
principles we were endeavoring to present 
before them. These things tell with great 
weight against us. Some of our sisters 
had the courage to adhere to their princi- 
ples and wear the reform dress. We have 
pleaded for uniformity in dress. We set be- 
fore the people at the time of our last Gen- 
eral Conference our reasons. There was at 
that time a vote taken under the most sol- 
emn circumstances to unite their efforts in 
carrying out the principles of dress reform. 
Has there been any decided advance in 
this direction since that vote was taken ? 

What can we think of a people who 
have had so great light as the church at 
Battle Creek, who profess faith in the tes- 
timonies and then go directly against the 
light given. I shall not repeat again what 
has been so often repeated in favor of dress 
reform. I will state that the simple, mod- 
est, convenient and healthful style of dress 
we advocate answers to us as did the rib- 
bon of blue to the children of Israel. "And 
the Lord spake unto Moses saying, Speak 
unto the children of Israel, and bid them 
that they make them fringes in the borders 
of their garments throughout their genera- 
tions, and that they put upon the fringe 
of the borders a ribbon of blue. And it 
shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may 


look upon it and remember all the com- 
mandments of the Lord, and do them. 
And that ye seek not after your own heart 
and your own eyes. That ye may remem- 
ber, and do all my commandments, and be 
holy unto your God." The great God, the 
Maker of Heaven and earth, has conde- 
scended to the particulars of dress, specify- 
ing the style of dress the children of Israel 
should wear for the purpose of preserving 
their peculiarity from other nations, and 
distinguishing them as a people who ac- 
knowledged the Creator of the universe as 
their God, whose ordinances and command- 
ments they obeyed. 

If pride and love of changeable fashion 
had not controlled the hearts and dress of 
those who profess to be God's command- 
ment-keeping people, they would not have 
been so slow to change their style of dress. 
Varying fashion is controlling the hearts 
of youth. The Lord has let light shine, 
and in his providence a style of dress mod- 
est, healthful, and convenient, has been 
proposed and adopted by those who were 
conscientious to follow the light. This 
modest, healthful style of dress does not 
change with every varying fashion. If 
mothers would move from principle, and 
with the united influence of the father, 
dress their daughters sensibly, clothing 
their limbs in a manner to preserve health 


and life, irrespective of fashion, they would 
be doing a good work, which will be re- 
flected back upon them again in blessings. 
Young girls who wear the reform dress are 
shielded from many temptations. They 
are continually learning to think and to 
act for themselves independent of what 
others may say and do. They are learn- 
ing to have true moral courage to do right, 
and choose the right, although there is a 
cross in so doing. The majority of youth 
of this age have no strength to resist 
temptation. The inclination is strong to 
follow fashion, dress as worldlings do, and 
attend parties, and mingle with the world 
in their amusements. 

They have not the firmness of character 
and foresight to consider the dangers to 
which they may be exposed. If they have 
a desire to do this, or to do that, duty and 
dangers bear no weight with them. In- 
clination overbears every other considera- 
tion. They have no experience in moving 
from principle and a sense of duty, having 
the fear of God before them. 

In most cases parents are responsible for 
this love of self-gratification, and the de- 
ficiency of moral independence in their 
children. Parents have not educated their 
children to restrict their desires. They have 
not taught them to practice self-denial. The 
referm dress would prove as a safeguard to 


their daughters, separating them from the 
evils of fashionable society, that to associate 
with would do them only injury and lead 
them to neglect the religion of the Bible. 
A family of my acquaintance had three 
interesting daughters who were convicted 
of the truth and gave evidence of change 
of heart. These children were willing to 
put on the reform dress, but the parents, 
through pride, wished their children to 
dress as others dressed. They objected to 
their being singular from the world. They 
feared remarks would be made upon their 
children's dress. This family had great 
light. The Spirit of God worked in their 
behalf to save them from ruin. They had 
undoubted evidence that the testimonies 
were of God; and yet they trifled with 
the light given relative to the reform dress, 
because it crossed their pride. Their chil- 
dren were sent away from home to school, 
and mingled with young company, and en- 
gaged with the young generally in their 
parties of pleasure and amusement. They 
dressed as others of their companions dress- 
ed, and lost their interest in the truth. I 
heard the parents with deep feeling ex- 
press their regret that they did not encour- 
age their daughters to put on the reform 
dress from principle. They said if they had 
done so they were now convinced their chil- 
dren would be with them in the truth. The 


reform dress would have kept them sepa- 
rate from the world. They would not 
have had so Btrong inclination to attend 
parties of pleasure and mingle with their 
worldly companions in exciting amuse- 
ments, which diverted their minds from 
God and the truth. 

These who come to Battle Creek from 
other places are grieved and astonished to 
see the lack of simplicity in dress in the 
Battle Creek church, and the disregard of 
the testimonies in reference to the reform 
dress. They find this church even behind 
those of other places who have not had a 
tenth part of the light on the subject of 
dress reform that the church in Battle Creek 
have had. The Health Reform Institute 
is located in Battle Creek, and gives its in- 
fluence to the reform dress, and there is 
but a small cross in wearing the reform 
dress in Battle Creek compared with other 

There are some of our sisters who plead 
want of time as an excuse for not making 
and wearing the reform dress, while they find 
time to devote to making ruffles and tucks, 
and in trimming their long dresses. Again, 
others will plead that the pants will soil 
easily ; so do the long dresses, and they not 
only soil, but wear and tear, easily. All 
these trivial excuses have weight with 
some. The children of Israel might have 


pleaded excuses more valid why the ribbon 
of blue should not be worn in their gar- 
ments. The genuine excuse many of our 
sisters might urge is that the reform dress 
is very inconvenient, for it is mortifying to 
their pride. Should the dress reform be- 
come fashionable, all these excuses would 
vanish like the morning dew before the 

When the large hoops were fashionable, 
many of our sisters became much interested 
in their health. They thought that they 
could work and walk so much easier. 
They did not wear them, they urged, be- 
cause they were fashionable, but because 
they were cool in summer and an advan- 
tage healthwise. This we failed to see. 
If they were conducive to health in sum- 
mer, what about the winter ? They were 
worn in winter as well as in summer. If 
they were so necessary to health then, why 
do they not wear them now they are out 
of fashion ? 

The sisters who plead the want of time 
to make their dresses short, and wear the 
pants, do very many things that are not 
necessary. And even if there should be 
some more work in preparing dress reform 
suits, should we not bear this, and give 
our influence, for the benefit of young girls, 
in favor of dress reform ? Should we not 
have a principle in this matter ? 

B. C. Church. 5 


We do not know where to find the peo- 
ple of Battle Creek. They may have an 
overwhelming array of light and evidence, 
and we flatter ourselves that they will con- 
scientiously follow the light, when in a few 
weeks we see them further back than be- 
fore. The influence of two or three sisters 
on the wrong side will have more power 
upon a class of minds than the most direct 
testimony. If we take merely this one 
question, reform dress, and see how many 
of the church have treated this subject, we 
can judge how they would treat light and 
truth upon other points. We dare not ven- 
ture to encourage the permanent location 
of a school at Battle Creek until men and 
women shall move into Battle Creek with 
firm religious principle and a genuine ex- 
perience, who will be found on the right 
ground, and who can be intrusted to keep 
the fort, and who will exert an influence 
upon the cause that will lead the youth 
and those susceptible of the influence of 
the truth away from the world instead of 
leading them to join their hands with the 

If our people at Battle Creek refuse to 
heed reproof and counsel, if a reform can- 
not be brought about, or if those at Battle 
Creek do not see and repent of their disre- 
spect of the light God has given them, our 
important institutions will have to be 


moved from Battle Creek. If so, tracts of 
land should be purchased in some good lo- 
cality and then sold to those only who will 
be true, and will give evidence that they 
will sustain the important institutions in 
their midst. 

The church at Battle Creek, in their 
lukewarm, unconsecrated condition, is do- 
ing very much to counteract the influence 
of both institutions among them. These in- 
stitutions, properly conducted, would have 
a living, powerful influence to bring souls 
to the knowledge of the truth, were not 
Sabbath-keepers a stumbling-block in their 

Bro. J. W. Andrews. 

I was shown, Dec. 10, 1871, that Bro. 
Andrews is a strong man in some things, 
while in others he is weak. His desire to 
please his friends leads him to discommode 
himself, and to make wrong moves, which 
have crippled his labors so that they have 
not been as efficient as they might have 

In his anxiety to please special ones, he 
injures them. He gives them too much of 
his time and attention. While he is flat- 
tering himself that he is helping them, he 
is doing them injury, and making their 
salvation more difficult. They do not 



rightly interpret the special interest he 
manifests in them. Some flatter them- 
selves that they have superior qualifica- 
tions that Bro. Andrews discerns and ap- 
preciates. His object is good; but his 
efforts in these things are frequently mis- 
directed, and injure instead of benefiting 

Bro. Andrews made too much of Bro. 
Howard in the State of Maine. He esti- 
mated his abilities too highly, and gave 
him too much influence. 

Bro. and sister Hale, of Maine, were also 
injured by receiving undue attention from 
Bro. Andrews. They became jealous of 
my husband, myself, and other brethren 
and sisters, because they did not receive as 
much attention from them. Bro. and sis- 
ter Hale were a great trial to the church. 
They were most of the time on the con- 
trary side, seldom in union with the church. 
They could seldom be found twice of the 
same mind. They had a way and will of 
their own, which they wished others to 
follow; but they were not willing to be 
led. They were both independent, willful, 
set, and unyielding. They had their points 
to carry, and were unwilling to submit 
their will and judgment to that of the 
church. Here Bro. Andrews failed, both in 
discernment and judgment. He thought 
to pacify and to, please Bro. and sister 

Hale, and remove all occasion for jealousy. 
His precious time and strength were taxed 
in this effort which only did injury. Faith- 
ful dealing, mingled with kindness, would 
have been exactly what they needed. The 
undue interest Bro. Andrews manifested 
for them was like daubing them with un- 
tempered mortar. Plain truth, appropri- 
ate to their condition, spoken to them, 
would have been like laying the ax at the 
root of the tree. The attention Bro. An- 
drews gave them led them to expect the 
same consideration from their brethren; 
and if they were not flattered, their jeal- 
ousy was excited. They thought their 
brethren did not appreciate them, and that 
they were very essential to the church. 
They thought their judgment should be 
respected above the judgment of the breth- 
ren. They would not have been placed 
in this position of temptation, if it had not 
been for the special and uncalled for atten- 
tion of Bro. Andrews. 

While Bro. Andrews was giving time 
and attention to these unconsecrated ones, 
to save them from trial, he allowed burdens 
and responsibilities to drop with weight 
upon my husband, who was then too feeble 
to bear them. Bro. Andrews did not mean 
to do wrong in any way ; but he had his 
mind centered upon a few, and neglected 
to lift the burdens where they most needed 


to be lifted. Bro. Andrews exalted Bro. 
and sister Hale, and they, in their turn, 
thought Bro. Andrews a perfect man. 
They believed in his discernment, and 
thought themselves greatly abused by oth- 
ers because they did not make as much of 
them as Bro. Andrews had done. When 
Bro. Andrews' friends claim his attention, 
he will make considerable sacrifice to 
please them, and he frequently robs the 
cause of God by devoting to their personal 
benefit time and strength which God would 
have him use in a more important work. 
Bro. Andrews frequently injures the very 
ones he thinks he is benefiting. This error 
in Bro. Andrews is the result of cultivating 
one set of faculties, while he allows others 
to lie dormant, so that he is not well bal- 

My husband could not understand how 
Bro. Andrews could not discern the bur- 
dens that must come upon him in having 
to take the responsibility of deciding im- 
portant matters, while he could devote so 
much time to those who had no weight of 
the cause of God upon them. This one 
case was presented to illustrate the many. 

The Lord gave Bro. Andrews light while 
he was living at Kirkville, N. Y., that he 
was not in the right place. I was shown 
that he should be located where there was 
a church, and where he would not be called 


to bear the entire ourdens of his own fam- 
ily, neither be called out to bear burdens 
for others when he should come home 
weary from his labors. I was shown that 
he should be where it was most pleasant 
for him, and where his surroundings would 
be cheerful and agreeable. His hands 
should be strengthened by the sympathy, 
kindness, and prayers, of his brethren. 
And, in his absence, his family should 
have the tender watchcare of the brethren 
and sisters. The church should make the 
case of his family as their own. They 
should be sympathetic and considerate. 
This responsibility on the part of the 
church would not only remove a great 
burden from Bro. Andrews, but they, in 
their turn, would be blessed as they exer- 
cised their kindness, and gave living ex- 
pression of the feelings of their heart for 
the servants of God. 

If, years in the past, when the Office of 
publication was in Rochester, N. Y., the 
brethren and sisters in Rochester and vi- 
cinity had been less selfish and less jealous 
of those whom God had selected to bear 
the heaviest burdens, while standing in the 
most responsible positions in connection 
with the cause and work of God ; if they 
had shown their faith by their works ; if 
they had been consecrated to God, and 
really loved the truth, and shown fruits of 



the same by manifesting a personal inter- 
est in the success and advancement of the 
work of God, the Office of publication 
would not have been removed from Roch- 

The painful experience we had in Roch- 
ester while our brethren neglected to share 
our burdens was marked of God. At this 
time, Bro. Andrews was on the wrong side. 
Instead of lifting the burdens where they 
most needed to be lifted, he was with the 
murmurers and the jealous ones. He oc- 
cupied a position where, if his course was 
questioned bymyhusband,hefelt aggrieved, 
and the impression he gave to others by 
his words and deportment led them to 
settle in their minds that my husband and 
myself were wrong. Brn. OrtonandLamson 
did not receive the correct impression ; and a 
large circle connected with these thought 
Bro. White was severe and overbearing, 
and they felt justified to array themselves 
against us, because so good a man as Bro. 
Andrews was abused by Bro. White. The 
carrying out of their peculiar feelings of 
sympathy, led them to unite in blinding 
the eyes of Luman Masten to his own case. 
They daubed him with untempered mortar, 
crying, Peace, peace, to the dying man 
going down into the grave with his sins 
unconfessed. This unsanctified sympathy 
has proved the ruin of thousands. 

The feeling of dissatisfaction, with some, 
was carried to downright rebellion. The 
attachment of Bra. Lamson, Orton, and 
Andrews, and the Stevens family, was of 
that character to deceive and blind the 
eyes of all. Bro. Andrews' being in the 
ring was a stay and support to the whole. 
Repeated testimonies of warning had been 
given, and, if Bro. Andrews had stood clear 
from the influence of these friends with 
whom he was connected, and to whom he 
gave his sympathy, he would have dis- 
cerned the wiles of the enemy, and not 
been found at all with that class who were 
deceiving and being deceived. He was 
himself giving wrong impressions to others, 
and they were deceiving him. I was 
shown that " he that justifieth the wicked, 
and he which condemneth the just, even 
they both are abomination to the Lord." 

The Lord gave me a testimony that un- 
less there was an entire change in the 
brethren and sisters of Rochester and vi- 
cinity, the Office of publication would be 
removed. But the spirit that controlled 
Dathan and Abiram, and the princes of 
renown, controlled the minds of this com- 
pany who set themselves against the light. 

According to the light given, Rochester 
was left. . I saw the angel of mercy turn- 
ing from Rochester. Said the angel, As 
surely as they have done this, so surely 



will I repay, saith the Lord. In view of 
all the past, although Bro. Andrews had 
deeply felt his error, yet his settling in 
Rochester, amid the very same ones who 
were united in their sympathies to war 
against us, was not wise. 

Bro. Andrews should cultivate traits of 
character wherein he is deficient. He has 
done wrong by flattering those who were 
unconsecrated, by his special attentions 
and strong attachments. The Lord has, in 
h s word, warned against, and set forth the 
evil of, crying peace when he did not speak 
peace. The Lord has, through testimonies, 
warned, reproved, and cautioned, in regard 
to the inclination of Bro. Andrews to flat- 
ter and to sympathize with those who are 
his special friends. He has greatly injured 
them in so doing. 

Bro. Andrews' settling in Rochester with 
the very ones who sustained one another 
in their former murmuring and jealousy 
was not as God would have it, for several 
reasons : 1. Bro. Andrews' influence would 
be very limited in Rochester, and he could 
not while at home exert an influence upon 
brethren and sisters which would tell upon 
the cause of God. 2. Bro. Andrews was 
not in the midst of a church who could 
bear the burdens of responsibility which 
must necessarily come upon him located 
in as central a place as Rochester, where 

there were but very few, and these needed 
much care and continual labor. 3. Bro. 
Andrews was obliged to entertain much 
company, and was compelled to exercise 
close economy in order to keep clear from 
embarrassment. Although brethren and 
sisters were liberal, yet a care was brought 
upon the family, which ought not to have 
been borne by them. 4. Bro. Andrews 
was called upon to do errands and little 
business matters for others while in Roch- 
ester, which occupied his precious time, 
and told upon his strength. His house 
was as a hotel. 

As one after another of the brethren have 
been removed by death, Bro. Andrews 
has been left almost alone, with more and 
greater care. All these things should have 
been convincing to Bro. Andrews in regard 
to his duty. But that which should have 
told with the greatest weight of all was, 
the fact that the Office of publication was 
removed because of unfaithfulness of those 
who should have felt the deepest interest 
in the cause and work of God. This com- 
pany who bound themselves together by 
cords of unsanctified sympathy would not 
receive reproof and counsel. The straight 
testimony was irksome to them. And they 
determined to separate themselves from us, 
and they left Rochester. Rochester was a 
central place, and the house of Bro. An- 


drews has been like a hotel. If Bro. 
Andrews had exercised his reason, and if 
his judgment had been unbiased, he could 
have seen before this that he had made a 

If Bro. Andrews had for a time located 
at Adams' Center, he could have exerted 
an influence for good over that churchy 
But Bro. Andrews was not pleased with 
the prospect of making his home at Adams' 
Center. His inclination was to listen to 
the persuasion of his friends with whom he 
was well acquainted, and settle in Roches- 
ter. While he was hesitating, Bro. Taylor 
moved to Adams' Center, and Bro. Andrews 
felt that his way was hedged up. Bro. 
Taylor has not been a blessing to the 
church at Adams' Center, but a burden. 
He was not qualified to give that large 
church the very help they really needed, 
and must have, in order to prosper and 
increase in grace and in the knowledge of 
the truth. The church has been growing 
weaker under Bro. Taylor's labors, instead 
of stronger. Bro. Andrews reasoned that 
the Lord had closed up his way in going 
to Adams' Center. But he was too slow. 
He did not move quick enough. 

Bro. Andrews was acquainted with the 
reasons of my husband's objection to his 
settling in Rochester. In view of the past, 
God bade us flee from Rochester, because 


his blessing would not prosper his work 
there. The persuasion of friends and rela- 
tives drew Bro. Andrews to Rochester, 
while my husband sought to draw him 
away from Rochester. This has led Bro. 
Andrews to feel very sensitive of censure 
in reference to his remaining in Rochester. 
The influence of a few friends balanced 
the matter with Bro. Andrews. It would 
have been for the salvation of Alva Orton 
had his parents moved with him from 
Rochester to some more retired place. But 
Bro. Andrews' locating there made it hard 
for them to leave. Bradley Lamson should 
not have settled in Rochester. It is a hard 
place to live the truth and to bring up chil- 
dren aright. Since the death of Bro. Lam- 
son, sister Lamson should have moved from 
that wicked city, and placed her children 
in a community more favorable to their 
forming a Christian character. The sight 
of the eyes and the hearing of the ears in 
a wicked city like Rochester blunt the con- 
science and stupefy the sensibilities to 
eternal things. Good and evil are placed 
nearly upon a level. Bro. Andrews' living 
in Rochester has influenced, or held, the 
others there. They seemed rooted, and no 
influence could be brought to bear upon 
them of sufficient force to start them from 
Rochester. These believers in the truth 
were not wise in bringing up their children 
in that wicked city. 


The Lord gave direction to his disciples 
if they were not received in one city to go 
to another. The same counsel he would 
have his children now follow. If God's 
peculiar people can have no influence in a 
city because it is given to pride and idola- 
try, if they cannot fully do the will of God, 
there are other towns, villages, and cities, 
to which they can flee, where their sur- 
roundings may be less objectionable. 

The friends of Bro. Andrews had high 
expectations of seeing a great ingathering 
in Rochester ; but their expectations have 
not been realized. The view my husband 
took in regard to Bro. Andrews' loca- 
ting at Rochester greatly burdened Bro. 
Andrews. He prayed over the matter, and 
nearly sacrificed his life in the struggle, 
with Rochester friends and his own incli- 
nation on one side, and the entreaties of 
my husband on the other side. The exer- 
cise of prayer brought him into a state of 
great feebleness of body. His sad condi- 
tion was charged to Bro. White's opposing 
Bro. Andrews in his staying at Rochester. 
When the circumstances were taken into 
the account, with all the Lord had shown 
in reference to Rochester, Bro. Andrews 
presumed upon the mercy of God when he 
asked for clearer light than he already had. 

We are not left to choose for ourselves, 
and do those things most agreeable to us, 


and leave undone those things not pleasant 
to our nature. It is not for us to stand 
questioning, but to obey. 

When Bro. Andrews applies himself to 
the study of subjects, he concentrates his 
entire mind upon the matter before him, 
and neglects real duties which some one 
must do, whether they love to do them or 
not. Bro. Andrews applies himself to the 
study of subjects, and then is lost to every- 
thing else, which results in the neglect of 
the real duties which need to be done. 
When Bro. Andrews takes hold of matters, 
he frequently carries them too far. He 
concentrates his mind upon the matter be- 
fore him, and is of no practical advantage 
for anything else. He engaged at one 
period in reading exercises, and robbed 
himself of necessary sleep in order to read. 
This pleasurable exercise was carried to ex- 
tremes, and was a serious injury to his 
health. His habits were not in harmony 
with physical law. This extra tax unfitted 
Bro. Andrews for doing many things which 
ought to have been done, and that he pos- 
itively could not do without injury to his 
health. His physical nature called for the 
sleep that his reading and study had de- 
prived him of. In meetings, and upon im- 
portant occasions, nature required the sleep 
she had been robbed of, and sleep would 
come upon Bro. Andrews like an armed 


man. It seemed an impossibility to shake 
off the stupor that would take hold of his 
senses. Frequently, when his labors were 
very much needed, and when his senses 
needed to be fully awake and keenly sens- 
itive, he was utterly unable to do anything 
requiring mental exertion. Yet at the 
same time, Bro. Andrews did not reason 
from cause to effect. He was much at- 
tached to his own routine of very early 
rising, and extending his labors far into 
the hours apportioned for sleep. 

Bro. Andrews has not had correct views 
of how he should labor and preserve health. 
He has, by his course, formed habits which 
were every day weakening his physical 
and mental strength to that degree that if 
important occasions demanded extra effort, 
he could not bear the draught upon his 
mental powers without feeling it sensibly. 
Bro. Andrews' reading was not in itself a 
sin. He thought it a religious duty ; and 
when things were not done that needed to 
be done, he has said, in truth, I have done 
all that I could. This was so. But had 
his habits been more in harmony with the 
law of nature, he could, through careful 
and regular habits, have performed much 
more labor without injury to his physical 
and mental strength. He has come very 
near an entire break-down several times 
through his own wrong course, in being 


imprudent of the strength God h£s given 
him, and he has failed by so doing to glo- 
rify God in accomplishing the greatest 
amount of good. 

Bro. Andrews has had much sympathy 
excited in his behalf, because he worked 
so hard, and was exhausted, when in many 
instances he could have done the labor 
easily, if he had taken his usual hours 
of sleep, and if he had eaten more spar- 
ingly of even the simple food which forms 
his diet. He should have taken a portion 
of time for physical exercise, which would 
increase his power of endurance. The 
amount Bro. Andrews has at times placed 
in his stomach has called the brain nerve 
power to that organ, to carry on the work 
of the stomach, and has robbed him of 
vitality that he might have preserved. 
Bro. Aiidrews has a sacred duty to preserve 
the health God has given him. When en- 
gaged in writing, he enjoys the study of 
books, and does not give himself sufficient 
recreation and change. To read and write 
steadily is not best for the health, or for 
the clearest productions of the mind. 
Physical exercise should be united with 
mental effort. To write, then change and 
attend meetings, preaching the word, would 
invigorate and refresh the mind, and keep 
the brain in a better condition to put forth 
its strong efforts. 

B. C. Church. 



In Bro. Andrews' locating in Rochester, 
lie had many drawing upon him instead of 
his drawing upon others. His house has 
heen the most proper place to hold meet- 
ings and entertain visitors. All these 
were a pleasure, but also a tax, and, when 
Bro. Andrews was at home, took much of 
his time. His precious time was spent in 
accommodating his good brethren, while 
weightier matters were left secondary. 
The prospering hand of God has not at- 
tended the Sabbath-keepers in Rochester. 
A succession of very discouraging events 
have transpired, in the providence of God, 
which should have been interpreted by 
Bro. Andrews that his location was not in 
the order of God But Bro. Andrews has 
fallen back upon his experience, which he 
thought was special evidence in favor of 
his settling at Rochester. But if God gave 
this experience, he designed to demonstrate 
to others the fact that he had called Bro. 
Andrews to Rochester for some purpose. 
That purpose has not been made apparent. 
Light had been given. The Lord had 
manifested in his providence, and through 
testimony, his will. The persuasion of 
friends, and his own inclination, led Bro. 
Andrews, in face of the light, to plead with 
the Lord for permission to remain in Roch- 
ester. The Lord permitted him to stay, 
and yet it was not the pleasure of the Lord 
for him to remain. 


Bro. Andrews' labors in Rochester and 
Olcott, and other places, have not been as 
successful as if he had been settled in some 
other locality. He was living among those 
who were acquainted with him, and he 
with them. He had, as it were, grown up 
among them, and matured among them, 
and they were upon an equality. He 
sustained very much the same relation 
to the friends in and about Rochester 
and Olcott that the Brn. Lindsays, Lam- 
sons, and Gaskills, sustain to one another. 
He is regarded very much as a member of 
the same family. Bro. Andrews is beloved 
by them all. All are pleased with his 
society, and chat and have a social time 
when together, and Bro. Andrews is not in 
their minds invested with the dignity his 
position gives him. Had Bro. Andrews 
located among his brethren who were com- 
paratively strangers, it would have been 
more in accordance with the mind and will 
of God, and his influence would have been 
much greater. 

When Bro. Andrews has come to Battle 
Creek from time to time, he has overtaxed 
his strength in doing too much. Had he 
done only those things which needed to 
be done, which could not be done away 
from Battle Creek, his strength would have 
been sufficient for the burden and tax. 
But there has been a failure in doing those 


things which he should not have done, and 
in not doing those things which were posi- 
tively necessaiy to be done. Bro. Andrews 
allowed his mind to take hold of subjects 
that were not important for the time, and 
which had no special bearing upon the 
work which was suffering to be done at 
Battle Creek, and. in order to have done 
properly, called him hundreds of miles to do. 
When where the work was, Bro. Andrews 
did not feel and see its importance, and 
lay hold of it, and make it a specialty. 
He followed the bent of his mind, and be- 
came interested in Bible subjects, and when 
absorbed in his favorite Bible studies, he 
cannot see what is to be done, and work to 
advantage. The subject before him is the 
all-absorbing theme. Health has been sac- 
rificed by night labor. He has robbed 
himself of rest and sleep, using up his vigor 
in doing things which could just as well be 
done at his own home in Rochester. The 
extra amount which he need not have done 
has severely taxed both physical and men- 
tal strength. 

The cultivation of certain faculties to the 
neglect of others makes Bro. Andrews a 
one-sided man. When on the subject 
of the round world, Bro. Andrews could 
scarcely think or talk without dwelling 
upon this subject. He carried this matter 
to extremes. He wearied the readers and 


listeners to his lengthy arguments upon 
that subject. Precious time was used 
up in talking and writing upon that sub- 
ject, which needed to be canvassed, but 
did not require so great thoroughness. 
Bro. Andrews was wearying himself and 
others, and at the same time was leaving 
undone the weightier matters. And more 
recently, months of precious time have been 
used up in wearisome labor, chasing after 
the dishonest quibbles of a man who once 
kept the Bible Sabbath, but afterward re- 
jected it. His opposition is so great upon 
the Sabbath question that he is insane 
upon the subject. The time spent in fol- 
lowing Preble so closely and thoroughly 
has been a mistake. The readers of the 
Review have become wearied with the sub- 
ject. A set of quibbles have been furnished 
the readers of the Review of no special 
weight only to deceive and darken minds. 
In these things, Bro. Andrews could not 
see his failings. He has pursued the sub- 
ject with the greatest satisfaction to his 
own mind. Bro. Andrews has needed the 
help of his brethren. He should have had 
their counsel. They should have supplied 
his deficiency by their more equally bal- 
anced minds. When Bro. Andrews gets 
upon a train of thought following a sub- 
ject, he knows nothing about leaving off 
when all has been said that is required, 


and that is profitable. The people of 
God are suffering for the truth which he 
should bring out at once upon the history 
of the Sabbath. 

Relative to Leading; Ministers. 

The Lord "would have Bra. Andrews, 
Waggoner, Smith, and White, stand united 
in the work of God. These have had expe- 
rience in the work, and they should all 
share the burdens of responsibility in the 
cause. They may each have a particular 
work, for which they are best adapted, 
and which they love; but their attach- 
ment to one particular branch should not 
be indulged in, and lead them to leave the 
heaviest and most perplexing burdens 
upon my husband. If each one would 
take a share, and educate himself to have 
a general interest, as is proper, the burdens 
need not crush out the life of any one. 

There is talent among Seventh-day Ad- 
ventists, if they will use it in bearing the 
burdens of the cause and work of God. 
The Lord would have these brethren men- 
tioned closely and firmly united to hold 
each other up in their mutual efforts in 
this great work. 

The foregoing testimony I read before 
those who were assembled in the last Gen- 


eral Conference at Battle Creek. My hus- 
band had felt deeply grieved in regard to 
the responsibilities laid upon him, and that 
Bra. Andrews, Waggoner, and Smith, did 
not bear the burdens that they could have 
borne in the cause of God, and relieve him 
of some of the weight of care which was 
wearing seriously upon his health. 

Bra. Waggoner and Cornell added greatly 
to his burdens, because of their manifest 
lack of judgment and the Spirit of God 
to unite with their efforts in seeking to 
settle church trials. They frequently left 
things in a worse condition than they 
found them. They were not calculated to 
deal with minds of every stamp. They let 
their own peculiar feelings control them. 
Both had victories to gain over self before 
they could labor successfully to set things 
in order in the churches. I was shown 
that neither of these brethren were calcu- 
lated to build up the churches ; but to sow 
dissension and divide, rather than to unite. 

The severity manifested by Brn. Wag- 
goner and Cornell,, their lack of judgment 
in dealing with men and women who are 
in fault, and the many reproofs the Lord 
had given upon these very points, caused 
my husband's fears to be aroused when- 
ever he heard of their laboring with the 
churches. He felt that their labor should 
be in new fields, as the Lord had shown, 
and not among the brethren. 


The interest and zeal that my husband 
has in the work and cause of God, his 
earnest desire for the prosperity and ad- 
vancement of the -work of God, inspired 
him with jealousy for the cause of God. 
When my husband saw that Bro. Waggon- 
er's judgment could not be relied upon to 
put forth the most judicious labor in 
churches, especially in settling church dif- 
ficulties, for his labors did not give evi- 
dence of being especially directed of God, 
he cautioned Bro. Waggoner, and presented 
before him his dangers, and begged of him 
to refrain from directing so much labor 
among the churches, and entering into 
church trials, as he was not the best 
adapted to help them. 

Bro. Waggoner failed to see the necessity 
for this care and these warnings from Bro. 
White. He did not see his dangers, and 
his mistakes in laboring with the churches 
in the past. His feelings rose up against 
my husband ; for he interpreted that the 
cautions, advice, and reproof of Bro. White, 
were for the purpose of restricting his lib- 
erty, and controlling his labors. Bm. 
Andrews and Waggoner sympathized to- 
gether in reference to these things. 

At the General Conference last spring, I 
repeated that which had been shown me 
in Vermont, Dec. 10, 1871, that my hus- 
band had pondered over the past trials of 


his life too much. They looked to him 
unnecessary and unjust. He thought of 
the little sympathy and help he had re- 
ceived from Brn. Waggoner and Andrews, 
while bearing the heavy burdens God had 
laid upon him, and the course of his breth- 
ren looked so mysterious and unexplain- 
able in his mind that his confidence was 
shaken in almost everybody. He dwelt 
upon his trials and the neglect of his 
brethren until their errors were magnified 
before him, and he viewed them in a wrong 
light. His feelings were at times strong, 
and he was unreconciled to standing in the 
position he had done. He dwelt upon the 
inconsistent course of his brethren and 
their errors, when he should have been 
talking hope, courage, and faith, to his 
brethren. My husband was discouraged, 
and disappointed in his brethren, and Sa- 
tan kept his mind dwelling upon these 
things until they became magnified in his 
mind. The effect of these thoughts was to 
dishearten, and take away courage and 
hope, and greatly injure his health. He 
thought at times that the ways of the Lord 
were not equal in his bearing burdens 
which were crushing him, while his minis- 
tering brethren, Andrews, Waggoner, and 
Smith, excused themselves from taking 
their share of these responsibilities. 

The Lord reproved my husband for fret- 


ting under these things, instead of leaving 
all in his hands. I was shown that he had 
injured his health and courage by taking 
his case in his own hands. I saw that his 
brethren would be rewarded according to 
their works. Their neglect to move at all 
times in the counsel of God was a great 
loss to them ; for their reward would be 
proportionate to their successful labors; 
and, if their errors and lack were not seen 
and corrected, their eternal interest was 
endangered. Every time, Satan gained the 
advantage over them. They placed them- 
selves upon his ground, and opened their 
own souls to his temptations. I saw that 
my husband should have faith, hope, and 
courage, and talk faith, and hope, and 
courage. Then he would close a door that 
Satan loves to enter to harass, and annoy, 
and weaken his physical and mental 
strength. I saw that in some things my 
husband had misjudged the feelings and 
motives of his brethren. 

My husband received and acknowledged 
the testimony of reproof for him, and asked 
the forgiveness of his brethren for feeling 
as he had done. He did not and could not 
say that their course had been right ; for 
God had reproved them. All present felt 
that my husband had done all that he 
could do on his part to meet the mind of 
the Lord. He took his position by the 


side of his brethren, pledging himself to do 
all on his part to unite his interest with 
them. His brethren acknowledged the 
testimony to them, and the Spirit of God 
seemed to witness to the work and union 
of the hearts of these laborers in his cause. 
After this, Bro. "Waggoner commenced 
laboring with the church. The church at 
Battle Creek had been stirred by success- 
ful labor during the Conference, and they 
humbled their hearts before the Lord, and 
commenced where God had repeatedly 
pointed out that they should work if they 
would have his blessing ; that is, that they 
should put forth individual effort for one 
another, and for backsliders and sinners. 
A wonderful spirit of freedom came into 
the meetings. Bro. Waggoner seemed to 
take the credit of this good work to his 
efforts. As he did this, he became lifted 
up, and thought that he was especially led 
out by God to do a work for the church. 
Then the Spirit of the Lord left Bro. Wag- 
goner to move in his own judgment and wis- 
dom. He seemed to take it for granted that 
he had been right, and my husband wrong. 
He overlooked the repeated and direct 
private testimonies that had been given 
him. He thought the warnings and cau- 
tions from my husband, which were in 
union with the testimonies of reproof, re- 
stricted his liberty, and brought him into 


bondage, that my husband had grieved 
the Spirit of God, and that this was the 
reason his physical and mental powers 
were becoming enfeebled. 

Bro. Waggoner then acted out J. H. 
Waggoner. If the fears of his brethren 
had not been sufficiently aroused before, 
they certainly were at this time*. He man- 
ifested the lack of judgment and discern- 
ment, after he thought he had been under 
the especial influence of the Spirit of God, 
to talk out his feelings of trial and the ex- 
ercises of his mind for some time back, in 
regard to my husband's cautions and re- 
proofs, to a family he was making efforts 
to help, who seemed to be weak in the 
principles of our faith, and who resembled 
the reed trembling in the wind. The 
minds of two at least of this family were 
unbalanced, and the strong wiles of spirit- 
ualism were beguiling them by its pleasing, 
flattering, deceptive insinuations. 

Bro. Waggoner exalted himself, his judg- 
ment, and the spirit and power which was 
then leading him. He stated his great 
trials over Bro. White's reproofs and warn- 
ings, but that now Bro. White was re- 
proved by testimony, and that he was 
failing in health, and God was lifting him 
[Bro. Waggoner] up, and giving him free- 
dom, that God had through testimony jus- 
tified him, and condemned Bro. White, 


showing that he was right, and that Bro. 
White was wrong. 

He made statements to several in the 
Office that any one who had discernment 
,£Ould understand the purport of. It was 
Bro. Waggoner who gave tone to the re- 
ligious excitement which was leading to 
fanaticism in Battle Creek. I do not feel, 
at the present time, like giving particulars. 
We were absent from Battle Creek at the 
time, but we felt urged by the Spirit of 
God to return immediately ; for the enemy 
was at work, and the church was in dan- 
ger. We commenced at once to counteract 
the work of confusion which had begun. 
The Lord helped us. Worn as my hus- 
band was, this additional anxiety did not 
tend to improve his health, or lessen his 

Bro. Waggoner had heard the testimony 
that Bm. Andrews, White, Waggoner, and 
Smith, should stand together in the great 
work before them, and all labor to one end, 
to advance the interests of the cause of 
God. Bro. Waggoner followed his own 
spirit, and overlooked the testimonies of 
warning which had been given to him. 
He should have known, by the repeated 
testimonies that the Lord has given him, 
that his judgment has been greatly per- 
verted by home influence. His course has 
not been free from blame, even in his fam- 



ily. The spirit lie met at his home, he 
carried with him in dealing with his 
brethren abroad, He has frequently been 
severe and overbearing, and made matters 
more complicated than if he had never* 
touched them. From the testimonies of 
warning the Lord has given Bro. "Wag- 
goner, he should have known that Battle 
Creek was not the place for him to labor. 
Brn. Waggoner and Cornell have both 
shown great lack of faith and good judg- 
ment in talking with others in regard to 
their home trials, and creating sympathy 
for themselves. The Lord wrought merci- 
fully to free them both from a curse which 
has crippled their influence, and nearly 
ruined their souls. They should both 
have praised God for their deliverance, and 
not shown their weakness by talking in 
reference to the matter, but kept to them- 
selves their home troubles. These breth- 
ren have distrusted God, and shown weak- 
ness in talking so much before the people 
in the public congregation and in families, 
in regard to their physical infirmities. 
They said much about being exhausted, 
and experiencing a lack of strength, and 
their inability to labor. They wearied the 
people, and wearied the angels of God with 
their complaints, and the more they talked, 
the less strength did they receive from 
Heaven. They should have looked away 

from themselves to Jesus. He is a mighty 
deliverer, a strong tower, unto which the 
righteous run, and are safe. These breth- 
ren had no heavy burdens of the cause of 
God upon them. They were so taken up 
with complaining, and in talking their un- 
belief, that God would not lay heavy re- 
sponsibility upon them. And his grace 
and power were in accordance with their 

The worn condition of my husband after 
the Conference, in consequence of the ad- 
ditional cares and responsibilities of the 
work connected with the General Confer- 
ence, was upon him. Bro. Waggoner in- 
terpreted, as did also some others, that the 
worn state of my husband was because he 
had been wrong, and the displeasure of the 
Lord was upon him. This was cruelty it- 
self. After the testimony had been given 
that Brn. Andrews, Smith, Waggoner, and 
White, should stand together, uniting their 
interests for the advancement of the great 
truths which are testing the world, Bro. 
Waggoner forfeited my husband's confi- 
dence by the course he pursued, and gave 
evidence how little he desired to carry out 
the design of God for this object. That 
my husband's confidence in Bro. Waggoner 
was shaken, I cannot doubt, and that he 
has sufficient reason, I cannot question. 
My husband humbled himself before his 


brethren, and did all on his part to 
strengthen union of feelings and effort. I 
feel sad that Bro. Waggoner, -who is a 
strong man in Bible argument, should be 
so weak in many things where so much is 
at stake. This is not necessaiy. He might 
have strength from God, if he would obtain 
the victory over self. If he had followed 
the light, and if Bro. Cornell had followed 
the light, years ago, which God had given 
them, they might now both be mighty in 
word and the power of the Spirit of God, 
and their hearts and judgments would be 
sanctified, that they could deal with minds 
with the best results attending their labors. 
Self, in them, has not been crucified, and 
both are in great danger of making ship- 
wreck of faith. The devil knows their 
special weaknesses, and he has communi- 
cated to his agents where they can be the 
most easily overcome, and at last gained 
to their cause. They are both in danger 
of being overcome instead of overcoming, 
because of a deficiency in their characters. 
They can both, by taking hold of faith 
and the grace and power of God, while 
they do all that they can on their part, 
overcome self-confidence, get the victory 
over their peculiar besetments, and wear a 
crown of glory in the kingdom of God, 
brilliant with stars. 


Missionary Work. 

December 10, 1871, 1 was shown that 
God would accomplish a great work through 
the truth, if devoted, self-sacrificing men 
would give themselves unreservedly to the 
work of presenting the truth to those in 
darkness. Those who have a knowledge of 
the precious truth, who are consecrated to 
God, should avail themselves of every op- 
portunity where there is an opening to press 
in the truth. Angels of God are moving on 
the hearts and consciences of the people of 
other nations, and honest souls are troubled 
as they witness the signs of the times in the 
unsettled state of the nations. The in- 
quiry arisen in their hearts, What will be 
the end of all these things ? While God 
and angels are at work to impress hearts, 
the servants of Christ seem to be asleep. 
There are but few working in unison with 
the heavenly messengers. All men and 
women who are Christians in every sense of 
the word should be workers in the vineyard 
of the Lord. They should be wide awake, 
zealously laboring for the salvation of their 
fellow- men, and should imitate the example 
the Saviour of the world has given them in 
his life of self-denial, and sacrifice, and 
faithful, earnest labor. 

There has been but little missionary 
spirit among Sabbath-keeping Adventists. 
If ministers and people were sufficiently 

B. C. Churoh. 


aroused, they would not rest thus indiffer- 
ently, while God has honored them by 
making them the depositaries of his law, by 
printing it in their minds, and writing it 
upon their hearts. These truths of vital 
importance are to test the world ; and yet in 
our own country there are cities, villages, and 
towns, that have never heard the warning 
message. Young men, who feel stirred with 
the appeals that have been made for help 
in this great work of advancing the cause 
of God, make some advance moves, but do 
not get the burden of the work upon them 
sufficiently to accomplish what they might. 
They are willing to do a small work, which 
does not require special effort Therefore, 
they do not learn to place their whole de- 
pendence upon God, and by living faith 
draw from the great Fountain and Source 
of light and strength, in order that their 
efforts should prove wholly successful. 

Those who think that they have a work 
to do for the Master should not commence 
their efforts among the churches ; but they 
should go out into new fields, and prove 
their gifts. They can test themselves in 
this way, and settle the matter, to their 
own satisfaction, whether God has indeed 
chosen them for this work. They will feel 
the necessity of studying the word of God, 
and praying earnestly for heavenly wisdom 
and divine aid from God. They will be 
brought where they will be obtaining a 


moot valuable experience by meeting with 
opponents who bring up objections against 
the important positions of our faith. They 
will feel their weakness, and be driven to 
the word of God and prayer. In this ex- 
ercise of their gifts, they will be learning 
and improving, and gaining confidence, and 
courage, and faith, and will eventually have 
a valuable experience. 

The Brn. Lane commenced right in this 
work In their labor they did not go 
among the churches, but went out into new 
fields. They commenced humble. They 
were little in their own eyes, and felt the 
necessity of their whole dependence being 
in God. These brothers are now in great 
danger of becoming self-sufficient, especially 
Elbert. In his discussion with opponents, 
the truth has obtained the victory, and Bro. 
Elbert has begun to feel strong in himself. 
As soon as he gets above the simplicity of 
the work, then his labors will not benefit 
the precious cause of God. Bro. Elbert 
should not encourage a love for discussions, 
but avoid them whenever he can. These 
contests with the powers of darkness in de- 
bate seldom result the best for the advance- 
ment of the present truth. 

If young men who commence to labor in 
this cause would have the missionary spirit, 
they would give evidence that God has in- 
deed called them to the work. But when 
they do not go out into new places, but are 



content to go from church to church, they 
give evidence that the burden of the work 
is not upon them. The ideas of our young 
preachers are not. broad enough. Their 
zeal is too feeble. Were the young men 
awake, and devoted to the Lord, they wouid 
be diligent every moment of their time, and 
seek to qualify themselves for laborers in 
missionary field:* rather than to be fitting 
themselves to become combatants. 

Young men should be qualifying them- 
selves to become familiar with other lan- 
guages, that God may use them as medi- 
ums to communicate his saving truth to 
those of other nations". These young men 
may obtain a knowledge of other languages, 
even while engaged in laboring for sinners. 
If they are economical of their time, they 
can be improving their mind, and qualify- 
ing themselves for more extended useful- 
ness. Young women who have borne but 
little responsibility, if they devote them- 
selves to God, can be qualifying themselves 
by study to become familiar with other 
languages. They could devote themselves 
to the work of translating. 

Our publications should be printed in 
other languages, that foreign nations may be 
reached. Much can be done through the 
medium of the press, but much more if the 
influence of the labors of the living preacher 
goes with our publications. Missionaries 
are needed to go to other nations, to preach 

the truth in a guarded, careful manner. 
The cause of present truth can be greatly 
extended by personal effort. The contact 
of individual mind with individual mind 
will do more to remove prejudice, if the la- 
bor is discreet, than our publications .-done 
can do. Those who engage in this work 
should nor, consult their ease or inclination. 
They should not have love for popularity 
or display. 

When the churches see young men pos- 
sessing zeal to qualify themselves to ex- 
tend their labors to cities, villages, si ml 
towns, that have never been aroused to the 
truth, and missionaries volunteer to go to 
other nations, to carry the truth to them, 
the churches will be encouraged and 
strengthened far more than to have the 
labors of inexperienced young men. The 
churches, as t.Jiey see their ministers' hearts 
all aglow with love and zeal Tor the truth 
and a desire to save souls, will arouse 
themselves. The churches generally have 
the gifts and power within themselves to 
bless and strengthen themselves, and gather 
into the fold sheep and lambs. They need 
to be thrown upon their own resources, and 
so call into aciive service all the gifts that 
are lying dormant. 

As churches are established, it should 
be set before them that it is even from 
among them that men must be taken to 
carry the truth to others, and raise new 


churches; therefore, they must all work, 
and cultivate to the very utmost the talents 
God has given them, and they be training 
their minds to engage in the service of their 
Master. If these messengers are pure in 
heart and life, if their example is what it 
should be, their labors will be highly suc- 
cessful; for they have a most powerful 
truth, clear and connected, and convincing 
arguments. They have God on their side, 
and the angels of God to work with their 

Why there has been so little accom- 
plished by those who preach the truth, is 
not wholly because the truth they bear is 
unpopular, but because the men who bear 
the message are not sanctified by the truths 
they preach. The Saviour withdraws his 
smiles, and the inspiration of his Spirit is 
not upon them. The presence and power 
of God to convict the sinner and cleanse 
from all unrighteousness is not manifest. 
Sudden destruction is right upon the peo- 
ple, and yet they are not fearfully alarmed. 
The unconsecrated minister makes the work 
very hard for those who follow after them, 
and who have the burden and spirit of the 
work upon them. 

The Lord has moved upon men of other 
tongues, and has brought them under the 
influence of the truth, that they should be 
qualified to labor in his cause. He has 
brought them within reach of the Office of 


publication, that its managers might avail 
themselves of their services, if they were 
awake to the wants of the cause. Publica- 
tions are needed in other languages, to raise 
an interest ai.d the spirit of inquiry among 
other nations. 

In a most remarkable manner, the Lord 
wrought upon the heart of Marcus Lichten- 
stein, and directed the course of this young 
man to Battle Creek, that he should there 
be brought under the influence of the truth, 
and be converted, and united to the Office 
of publication, and should obtain an expe- 
rience. His education in the Jewish relig- 
ion would qualify him to prepare publica- 
tions. His knowledge of Hebrew would be 
a help to the Office in the preparation of 
publications to gain access to a class that 
otherwise could not be reached. The gift 
God gave to the Office in Marcus was no 
inferior gift. His deportment and consci- 
entiousness were in accordance with the 
principles of the wonderful truths he was 
beginning to see and appreciate. 

But the influence of those in the Office 
grieved and discouraged Marcus. Those 
young men who did not esteem Marcus as 
he deserved, and whose Christian life was a 
contradiction to their profession, were the 
means that Satan used to separate from the 
Office the gift which God had given to it. 
He went away perplexed, grieved, and dis- 
couraged. Those who had had years of 



experience, and who should have had the 
love of Christ in their hearts, were so far 
separated from God by selfishness, pride, 
and their own folly, that 'hev could not 
discern the especial work of God in Marcus' 
being connected with the Office. 

The course pursued by these unconse- 
crated ones toward Marcus resulted in his 
leaving the Office. Marcus was a true 
gentleman. He possessed excellent traits 
of character. lie had a high sense of the 
Christian religion. The coldness, and 
backslidings, and lack of principle, exhib- 
ited by those who had for years professed 
the Christian religion, distressed and vexed 
him. Unbelief took possession of his soul. 
Those who labored in the 00106 are ac- 
countable for his leaving the Office. Mar- 
cus was treated with disrespect by some. 
His imperfect speech in our language ex- 
cited the mirth of those who ou.rlit to have 
been a blessing to Marcus ; and his imper- 
fect English should have caused their 
hearts to magnify God that a stranger to 
Christ and the truth had been united with 
them to do a work that those who could 
speak the English language readily could 
not do. They should have seen the provi- 
dence of God in converting this educated 
Jew to the Christian religion to do his part 
in proclaiming the message to all nations, 
and tongues, and people. 

If those who are connected with the Of- 

fice were awake, and had not been spiritu- 
ally paralyzed, Bro. Brownsberger would 
long ago have been connected with the 
Office, and might now be prepared to do a 
good work which much needs to be done. 
He should have been engaged in teaching 
young men and women, that they might be 
qualified now to become workers in mis- 
sionary fields. 

Those engaged in the work were about 
two-thirds dead because of their yielding to 
wrong influences. They were where God 
could not impress them by his Holy Spirit. 
Ami oh ! how my heart aches as I .-ee that so 
much time has passed, and a great work that 
might have been done is left undone because 
those in important positions have not 
walked in the light. Satan has stood pre- 
pared to sympathize with those men in holy 
office, and tell them God does not require 
of them as much zeal and unselfish, devoted 
interest as Bro. White expects, and they 
settle down carelessly in Satan's easy chair, 
and the ever- vigilant, persevering foe binds 
them in chains of darkness, while they 
think that they are all right. Satan works 
on their right hand and on their left, and 
all around them ; and they know it not. 
They call darkness light, and light dark- 

If those in the Office of publication are 
indeed engaged in the sacred work of giving 
the last solemn message of warning to the 


world, how careful should they be to carry 
out in their lives the principles of the truth 
they are handling. They should have pure 
hearts and clean hands. 

Our people connected with the Office have 
not been awake to improve the privileges 
within their reach, and secure all the talent 
and influence that God has provided for 
them. There is a very great failure with 
nearly all connected with the Office of real- 
izing the importance and sacredness of the 
work. Pride and selfishness exist to a very 
great degree, and angels of God are not 
attracted to that Office as they would be 
if hearts were pure and in communion with 
God. Those laboring in the Office have 
not had a vivid sense that the truths that 
they were handling were of heavenly origin, 
to accomplish a certain and special work 
as did the preaching of Noah before the 
flood. As the preaching of Noah warned, 
tested, and proved, the inhabitants of the 
world before the flood of waters destroyed 
them from off the face of the earth, so is 
the truth of God for these last days doing 
a similar work of warning, testing, and 
proving the world. The publications which 
go forth from the Office bear the signet of 
the Eternal. They are being scattered all 
through the land, and are deciding the des- 
tiny of souls. Men are now greatly needed 
who can translate and prepare our publica- 
tions in other languages to reach all 


tongues, and that the messages of warning 
may go to all nations, that they may be 
tested by the light of the truth, that men 
and women, as they see the light, may turn 
from the transgression to the obedience of 
the law of God. 

Every opportunity should be improved 
to extend the truth to other nations. This 
will be attended with considerable expense, 
but expense should in no case hinder the 
performance of this work. Means are of 
no value only as they are used to advance 
the interest of the kingdom of God. The 
Lord has lent men means for this very pur- 
poes to use in sending the truth to their fel- 
low-men. There is a great amount of surplus 
means in the ranks of Seventh-day Advent- 
ists. The withholding of this means self- 
ishly from the cause of God is blinding 
their eyes to the importance of the work of 
God, making it impossible for them to dis- 
cern the solemnity of the times in which 
we live, or the value of eternal riches. 
They do not view Calvary in the right 
light, and therefore cannot appreciate the 
worth of the soul for which Christ paid 
such an infinite price- 
Men will invest means in that which they 
value the most and which they think will 
bring to them the greatest profits. When 
men will run great risks and invest much 
in worldly enterprises, but are unwilling to 
venture or invest much in the cause of God 


to send the truth to their fellow-men, they 
evidence that they value their earthly treas- 
ure more highly than the heavenly just in 
proportion as their works show. 

If men would lay their earthly treasures 
upon the altar of God, and work as zeal- 
ously to secure the heavenly treasure as 
they have the earthly, they would invest 
means cheerfully and gladly wherever they 
could see an opportunity to do good and 
aid the cause of their Master, who intrusted 
them with means to test and prove their 
fidelity to him. Christ has given them un- 
mistakable evidence of his love and fidelity 
to them. He left Heaven, his riches and 
glory, and for their sakes became poor, 
that they through his poverty might be 
made rich. After he has thus condescended 
to save man, Christ requires no less of man 
than that he should deny himself, and use 
the means he has lent him in saving his 
fellow-men, and by thus doing, give evi- 
dence of his love for his Redeemer, and 
show that he values the salvation brought 
to him by such an infinite sacrifice. 

Now is the time to use means for God. 
Now is the time to be rich in good works, 
laying up in store for ourselves a good 
foundation against the time to come, that we 
may lay hold on eternal life. One soul saved 
in the kingdom of God is of more value 
than all earthly riches. We are answera- 
ble to God for the souls of those with whom 


we are brought into contact, and the more 
closely our connections with our fellow- 
men, the greater is our responsibility. We 
are one great brotherhood, and the welfare 
of our fellow-men should be our great in- 
terest. We have not one moment to lose. 
If we have been careless in this matcer it is 
high time v\e were now in earnest to redeem 
the time, lest the blood of souls be fund in 
our garments. As children of God, none 
of us are excused from taking a part in the 
great work of Christ, in the salvation of 
our fellow- men. 

It will be a difficult work to overcome 
prejudice and convince the unbelieving that 
our efforts are disinterested to help them. 
But this should not hinder our labor. 
There is no precept in the Word of God 
that tells us to do good to those only who 
appreciate and respond to our efforts, and 
to benefit those only who will thank us for 
it. God has sent us to work in his vine- 
yard. It is our business to do all we can. 
"In the morning sow thy seed, and in the 
evening withhold not thy hand ; thou know- 
est not which shall prosper, this or .that." 
We have too little faith. We limit the 
Holy One of Israel. We should any of us 
be grateful that God condescends to use us 
as his instruments. For every earnest 
prayer put up in faith for anything, an- 
swers will be returned. They may not 
come just as we have expected ; but they 


will come — not perhaps as we have devised, 
but at the very time when we most need 
them. But oh ! how sinful is our unbelief ! 
"If ye abide in Me, and my words abide in 
you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall 
be done unto you." 

Young men who engage in this work 
should not truBt too much to their own abili- 
ties. They are inexperienced, and should 
seek to learn wisdom from those who have 
had a long experience in the work, and who 
have had opportunities to study character. 

Instead of our ministering brethren la- 
boring among the churches, God designs 
that we should spread abroad, and our mis- 
sionary labor be extended over as much 
ground as we can possibly occupy to ad- 
vantage, going in every direction to raise 
up new companies. We should ever leave 
upon the minds of new disciples an impres- 
sion of the importance of our mission. As 
able men are converted to the truth, they 
should not require laborers to keep their 
nagging faith alive ; but these men should 
be impressed with the necessity of laboring 
in the vineyard. As long as churches rely 
upon laborers from abroad to strengthen 
and encourage their faith, they will not be- 
come strong in themselves. They should 
be instructed that their strength will in- 
crease in proportion to their personal ef- 
forts. The more closely the New-Testa- 
ment plan is followed in missionary labor, 


the more successful will be the efforts put 

We should work as did our divine Teacher, 
sowing the seeds of truth with care, anxiety, 
and self-denial. We must have the mind 
of Christ if we would not become weary in 
well-doing. His was a life of continued 
sacrifice for others' good. We must follow 
his example. The seed of truth we must 
sow, and trust in God to quicken it to life. 
The precious seed may lie dormant for some 
time, when the grace of God may convict 
the heart, and the seed sown be awakened 
to life, and spring up and bear fruit to the 
glory of God. Missionaries in this great 
work are wanted to labor unselfishly, ear- 
nestly, and perseveringly, as co-workers 
with Christ and the heavenly angels in the 
salvation of their fellow-men. 

Especially should our ministers beware 
of indolence and of pride, which are apt to 
grow out of a consciousness that we have 
the truth, and strength of arguments which 
our opponents cannot meet ; and while the 
truths which we handle are mighty to the 
pulling down of the strongholds of the pow- 
ers of darkness, there is danger of neglect- 
ing personal piety, purity of heart, and en- 
tire consecration to God. There is danger 
of their feeling that they are rich and in- 
creased with goods, while they lack the es- 
sential qualifications of a Christian. They 
may be wretched, poor, blind, miserable, 


and naked. They do not feel the necessity 
of liviDg in obedience to Christ every day 
and every hour. Spiritual pride eats out 
the vitals of religion. In order to preserve 
humility, it would be well to remember haw 
we appear in the sight of a holy God who 
reads every secret of the soul, and how we 
should appear in the sight of our fellow-men 
if they all knew us as well as God knows 
us. For this reason, to humble us, we are 
directed to confess our faults, and improve 
this opportunity to subdue our pride. 

Ministers should not neglect physical ex- 
ercise. They should seek to make them- 
selves useful, and be a help where they are 
dependent upon the hospitalities of others. 
They should not allow others to wait upon 
them, but rather lighten the burdens of 
those who have so great a respect for the 
gospel ministry that they would put them- 
selves to great inconvenience in doing 
for them that which they should do for 
themselves. The poor health of some of our 
ministers is because of their neglect of 
physical exercise in useful labor. 

As the matter has resulted, I was shown 
that it would have been better had the 
Brn. Bourdeaus done what they could in 
the preparation of tracts to be circulated 
among the French people. If these works 
were not prepared in all their perfection, 
they might better have been circulated, 
that the French people could have an op- 


portunity to search the evidences of our 
faith. There are great risks in delay. The 
French should have had books setting forth 
the reasons of our faith. Brn. Bourdeau 
were not prepared to do justice to these 
works, for they needed to be spiritualized 
and enlivened themselves, and the books 
prepared would bear the stamp of their 
minds. They needed to be corrected, lest 
their preaching and writing should be tedi- 
ous. They needed to educate themselves 
to come at once to the point, and make the 
essential features of our faith stand forth 
clearly before the people. The work has 
been hindered by Satan, and much has been 
lost because these works were not prepared 
as they should have been. Brn. Bourdeau 
can do much good if they are fully devoted 
to the work, and if they will follow the 
light God has given them. 

At the camp-meeting at Lancaster, 1870, 
the committee on publication of books con- 
sidered the matter of preparing pamphlets 
to be circulated among the French people. 
The decision was in accordance with the 
light which God had previously given in 
testimony, that the tracts for other nations 
should be prepared with the greatest of 
care, and should not be left alone to the 
Brn. Bourdeau to bear the stamp of their 
minds. After Brn. Andrews, White, Wag- 
goner, and Bourdeau had consulted over 

B. C. Chnrch. o 


the matter, they decided to unite their ef- 
forts in placing before other tongues and 
nations the desired works. These tracts 
should be brief, right to the point, and 
made intensely interesting. 

But I regret to say that nothing has been 
done in regard to these books. Brn. Wag- 
goner and Andrews have seemed to feel 
no burden of the matter since this decision, 
although they assumed equal responsibil- 
ities with my husband. My husband and 
myself attended twelve camp-meetings that 
season, besides laboring three weeks in Mis- 
souri. We were worn. We had done too 
much labor. We returned home to have 
the additional care of my husband's par- 
ents. Mother White was helpless from a 
stroke of paralysis. Father White was very 
feeble. We found the Office of publication 
suffering for want of proper help. Bro. 
Smith, who edited the Review, was at Roch- 
ester, N. Y., recovering from fever. Adelia 
Van Horn, our secretary, was sick with 
fever. Bro Gage was at home, sick with 
fever, through needless exposure to wet and 
cold in taking a trip for pleasure to Chicago. 
The important posts were deserted by sev- 
eral. Bro. Bell had left the Instructor, 
and he was away. 

My husband took hold of the work, and 
I helped him what I could in the work that 
had been deserted by others. The Reformer ', 


that had been edited by Bro. Gage, was 
sinking. Our people were losing their 
interest in it. My husband took it in its 
sinking condition, and made every effort to 
enliven and give it interest. He also 
worked earnestly for the Review and In- 
structor. In addition to this labor, we 
found upon our return from the camp-meet- 
ing campaign packages of letters laid aside 
for our examination, containing difficult 
matters which must be decided. All these 
letters required much thought and careful 

The pressure of work, and the wearing anx- 
iety in connection with the Office, was tell- 
ing upon my husband. Home matters were 
neglected. His father and mother who were 
with us could receive but little attention from 
him personally. But that which grieved him 
most was the letters of discouragement com- 
ing from Brn. Waggoner and Andrews while 
he was standing under an almost insupporta- 
ble weight of care and labor. My husband, 
by the help of God, improved the Review by 
enlarging it ; also the Instructor. He res- 
urrected the Reformer, which was appar- 
ently dead. He performed the labor which 
should* have been shared with no less than 
three besides himself. And at the Gen- 
eral Conference which followed this ex- 
hausting labor, there was additional care 
and.burdens which nearly finished him. He 


had a slight shock of paralysis. Since that 
time, he has been standing under continual 
pressure of care and heavy, wearing re- 
sponsibilities. He has had no time to re- 
vise tracts for other languages, or to write 
upon subjects of present truth. The blame 
of publications not being given to the 
French people does not rest upon my hus- 
band, for he positively could not do this 
work in addition to the accumulation of bur- 
dens which unjustly fell upon him. He has 
stood under the burdens that no other man 
would lift. 

My husband has divorced himself from 
the interest of his family to supply the want 
of labor in others. He has had no social 
enjoyment with his family. After his in- 
creased labor during the Conference of 
1872, his^ strength seemed to give way. 
He could "do no more. He could not sleep 
or rest nights. Nearly every night I was 
obliged to be up with him from two to four 
hours, giving him treatment to relieve his 
sufferings. We then felt clear to drop the 
burdens that we had borne, and flee for our 
lives from Battle Creek. We are in Col- 
orado mountains, and my husband is now 
fast improving in health. His physical and 
mental vigor are returning. The first of 
next week we leave the retired mountains 
of Colorado for California.